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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 (ESV)
I pointed out the window to a community in the country.
“My friend lives there.”
Jenny and I traveled early morning hours to attend a conference near the town I grew up in. It’s interesting to know where friends or people we meet live and work and worship.
But what if we knew where hope lives?
Because life’s hurts, heartaches, and injustices often leave us feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.
Google defines hope, “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
All humans hope. Yet, sometimes things happen differently than we hoped.
Hope exists in many forms. But when we cling to false hopes, they soon fizzle and leave us empty-handed.
I want true hope. And I’m betting you do.
This desire stirred my heart to search for the long-lasting kind. And it needed roots in something other than this world. So, I turned to God’s Word.
You see, once we tap into the source of real hope, we make another discovery. True hope lives really close by.
In our focal passage, we see God fills us with His joy and peace, so that we abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
With help again from Google, abound means “exist in large numbers or amounts.” Synonyms include, “abundant.”
The verbs fill and abound illustrate the abundant life Christ promises believers. Leaving the grandeur of heaven, for our sake Jesus became poor so that we—joint-heirs with Him—become rich. We overflow with abundant hope.
When Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit, He brings hope near. It’s not just around the corner, off in the distance, or on the other side of glory. And hope is not something we muster up in our own power.
But hope’s something we possess—a gift from God.
Does Jesus live in you? Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? If you answered yes, then stop looking for hope’s address.
Hope lives wherever the presence of Jesus dwells—in you!
Walk forward in the Holy Spirit’s power, believing hope abounds in you, because it does.
God, You are the true hope-giver. Thanks for filling me with joy and peace and causing me to abound in hope through the Holy Spirit. May I remember authentic hope lives in me. Amen.