“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
Do you remember the last time you really were thirsty? Not just ready for a cool drink, but really thirsty. Remember the relief you experienced when you finally quenched your thirst? There’s nothing quite like it.
God has designed us to never run on empty. We need to drink from the well that does not run dry. Let’s look at our text and pick out some terms.
“God of Hope”
When we see the term “hope” in Scripture, we need to think of it not as a wish of something uncertain, but as a reality yet to be delivered. God has given us “very great promises” (2 Pet. 1:4). One of the ways we “fill our cup” is by drawing from His promises. These promises create hope in us, and hope has a way of lightening our load and putting a spring in our step.
“Joy and Peace”
True joy does not spring from a temporary change in circumstances. It is a virtue created by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22) that helps us love God, serve others, and it supports us in times of need. “Peace” also is a divine virtue representing our reconciliation to God. Both joy and peace are qualities that reside deep in our souls, reminding us of God’s love and care for us.
“As You Trust in Him”
Our trust in God brings many benefits, including these blessed fruits of the Spirit. It does not matter what we go through, God will bring us through safely to the end. Surely we can place our trust in the One who provided all these things for us.
Are you running dry?
If so, take some time today and pour out your heart to God. Ask Him to fill you up, all the way to the brim, with His wonderful presence. Please remember that He has many resources for us, resources that never will run dry. Take a moment and meditate on this passage from Ephesians 1:15-20. Such promises will carry us a long way.
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”
Posted on Fri, September 18, 2015
by Sam Petitfils