“This hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:5, NLT).
My hope is in God. He powerfully created heaven and earth, but He also gave His life so I might have a new life free from sin's control and pain. The Creator of everything humbled himself to become my Savior. Following the Resurrection when Jesus went to be with His Father, God sent the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth of His Word, to encourage and empower, to discipline, prune and guide our lives. He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Will He not provide for me? Will He not heal me? Will He not strengthen me in times of hardship? Will He not be all that I need in each moment if I allow Him to have my fears and problems? The more I hope in His Word‒the more I surrender my attempts at controlling what I am unable to control‒the more I allow Him to take over, the more I will receive the love of the Holy Spirit. The more I hope in Him the more trust grows in me. The more I trust in Him the more faith I receive. No matter how I feel or what I am going through, hope in His love for me never disappoints. My hope will be rewarded. I always receive His best.
I do not need to know answers to everything I face. He knows the answers. As I learn more and more of Him, I will find the answers that I do need, and gain trust in Him to handle what I do not need to know. He is my answer to everything. As I grow in knowledge of Him, I will understand who He really is. I will know Him, and that will be enough. In this moment, I cry out just like the Psalmist, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5, NIV)!
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