Are you ever short on hope? God is the God of hope. Have you ever thought of that? Turn to the God of hope! You may look back on your life and feel deep regret for things that you have done that has caused great pain. Or, you may look ahead and not feel hope, just tiredness and pessimism. If you belong to Jesus, the good news is that you can rewrite your script. God holds the key to hope and when you cry out to Him, you can grab a hold of things you never imagined.
Our hope isn’t built on fantasy. It is built on God’s promises that are true. He has delivered on them in the past and He will in the future. His character backs that up. Our hope is based on a God who can do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,” as Ephesians 3:20 proclaims. We are placing our trust in the same God who made the lame walk, fed 5000 people with a bag lunch, and raised Jesus from the dead.
As we place our faith in the God of hope, He fills us with joy and peace. I can’t think of any other thing that can promise and deliver true joy and peace. Drugs and alcohol offer a temporary blast of elation, but they are soon followed by regret and an emptiness that only magnifies despair. In Romans 5:1-5, Paul describes how God has accomplished peace with Him through the blood of Jesus and how the Holy Spirit pours His love into our hearts.
It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to abound in hope and to have the faith to believe in this. It is His power that pours so much hope into our hearts that it overflows into others’ lives. Our faith is in the God of hope and in the Spirit of power.
Put into the context of our lives, this means that all of the things that lie behind and before you are covered by the God of hope and the Spirit of power. It could be lack of money, uncertainty of health, troubling relationships, or fear and anxiety that keep popping up. Call on the power of the Holy Spirit today to give you the faith to trust that God will pour His hope, joy and peace into your heart. Give Him the specifics of your life today, and picture God taking a water bucket and pouring His living water on them.
(The studies that I have been posting were originally written to send to some women in prison that I correspond with. They get a more in depth study to go with each devotional thought. I connected with them at our county’s jail Bible studies that I lead. They have invited Jesus into their lives, but struggle to break free from the things of the past, old habit patterns and ways of living, and to walk victoriously. As you read these posts, please pray for them–Tina, Arlene and Randi–that they would grab onto Jesus because He has grabbed a hold of them–Philippians 3:12.)