13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

We all need hope. That is what keeps us moving forward. Hope that things will get better, hope that things will stay the same, hope that we can change, hope that we would never change. It doesn’t matter the circumstance or the scenario, hope exist to keep us moving. Throughout this pandemic, hope is what we cling to. At least I have been holding out hope for better days. For me it’s business related. Maybe for you it’s a relationship or your health.

I finished the book of Romans this week and I felt like this was a good thing to share with you. Romans 15:13 gives us a clear picture of what hope looks like and the context with which we should approach it. God is the giver of hope and He gives it through the power of the Holy Spirit. What does this tell us? It tells us that hope is not apart from God. We can’t have hope without having a relationship with the one who provides. We can’t experience the joy and peace that real hope can bring us if we don’t acknowledge the origin.

For me, this matters because my hopes are not always a gift from God. I hope in things like Georgia football games and Christmas presents. That version of hope is not prayed for, it is not by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not inherently bad or wrong but heavenly hope is not the same as earthly hope. The difference is that heavenly hope never fails.

How do we get to joy and peace? Read the verse a few times and it will give the answer. Trust in him. What I find to be the coolest thing about this verse is that it is not a commandment but a prayer. Paul is saying that over the Gentiles. This means that we, too, should be praying this verse over others and for our self.

What are you hoping for these days? Is that hope coming from the one who provides? 

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