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 overflow with hope? Is hope spilling over and infecting everyone around you? Hope can be described as a happy anticipation of good which is coming. This comes from knowing God because he is the author of hope so the more we walk with him the more this hope will overflow in our lives and others around us will take notice.
Paul writes to the Romans “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him”. Trust is something that is learned and experienced. The further we walk in fellowship with the Lord the more we know him and understand his will and desires concerning us. He fills us with joy and peace in His presence. Joy is the source of happiness; it is more than a feeling. It is the ability to be content and joyful in every circumstance. Hebrews says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy. Meaning; there has never been anyone fuller of joy than Jesus. As his children, it makes sense that we are also anointed and filled full of joy for this life. As God fills you with His peace, you will understand that you are at peace with Him. He is not angry at you for sin, instead, he sees you as he sees Jesus. These things are necessary for this life. The author of hope can fill you to overflowing with these things as you learn to trust him and experience Him by faith.
An amazing truth is that this all happens on a supernatural level by the power of the Holy Spirit living inside you as a believer. This hope that Paul is describing is supernatural, it is not based on feelings. This means how you feel cannot dictate whether or not you experience this hope. The hope is given by God and you have it. When we walk with the Lord, the anticipation of future things builds and builds until it overflows in your life. Remember God is the author of hope and he has given you eternal life, which is knowing Him in a personal and intimate way. We experience this life by faith and the more we practice it the more this joy, peace and hope will spill out into the natural realm of our lives.
Today, I pray that you renew your mind to this wonderful truth from God’s word. Like Paul, my prayer for you is that you are filled to overflowing with the hope that is yours in Christ Jesus. May you experience his power, his joy, and his peace today as you walk in fellowship with Him, amen.