I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13 (NLT)
When faced with hardship and pain, life is hard. We often lose hope. Without hope, the loss of joy and peace is not far behind. You may try to stir up hope, but you soon discover you can never stir up hope that lasts. The only hope that lasts comes from God, who is the source of real hope.
When we trust God, He fills us with His hope and not the facsimile we try to work up in our minds. Trust grows when we spend time with Him, and seek to understand who He is and who He says we are. His Word is His truth, which encourages trust. It is the means to know Him intimately. When we allow His Word and His Spirit to transform our minds, then life with its problems, instead of robbing us of hope, encourages us that He always has something more significant for us. He has a plan. He has a purpose. His Word promises that if we follow Him instead of going our own way—if we hold on and not give up, we receive His promise. Understanding His truth encourages the hope He renders. And with that hope, trust sprouts deeper roots. With trust in Him, peace and joy carry us safely through what otherwise could destroy. Confidence gains ground, and it overflows in our lives flowing into the lives of others who are hungry for what we have found.
When Paul prayed this prayer for the Romans, he prayed through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit persistently seeks to pray from within our discouraged hearts. He continually offers the promise of His hope by trusting Him, instead of trusting our own strength. When trust in Him claims our moments, then we overflow with confident hope that never fails, but always believes in His promise.
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord,” the author of Hebrews imparts. “Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36, NLT). Do we want to hope? The Word makes it clear that trust in Him is the most crucial part of the equation. So isn’t it time now to trust Him?
© 2019 Lynn Lacher