May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Fill my soul with believing.
Abound (Greek): overflow, over and above, abundant, more prominent, abundant
God is a God of hope and the Holy Spirit gives us power to overflow in our receiving of this hope.
I think of a very simple story our eldest daughter shared about her youngest son, Jack. Jack is nine, a wonderful, imaginative, sensitive kind of boy. He has two older brothers but you know…its nice to have a friend of your own. Our daughter encouraged him to go down and introduce himself to a little boy whose father she went to high-school with. Jack donned his mask and went down the street, knocked on the door and introduced himself. Looking out the window, our daughter watched as two little boys made their way to the park together. Skipping down the sidewalk, leaping up and hitting the low-lying branches of the trees that lined the way, their little-boy joy was very evident.
Psychologists say that hope is absolutely essential to living. We can’t dredge hope up on our own, but we can come with even a small seed of belief in God, knock on the door of hope and welcome the Holy Spirit. We can be dependent on the God of hope for every part: that He will give us a revelation kind of believing that leads us to joy and peace, which then opens us up to the power of the Holy Spirit to receive an overflowing hope.
Its not a hope that everything will get much better, or that I will get what I want, or that life will be easy. It’s a hope that is anchored in believing in a God who welcomes us, joins Himself with us in life and offers a joy and peace in this believing that transforms our living. A God who skips with us on the days that life feels good and sits with us when we can hardly move in our grief, a God who holds us in our storms and laughs with us in our breakthroughs…a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Oh, how I need the fresh power of the Holy Spirit to enable me to open myself to this deep friendship of hope once again.
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