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.”
You probably start each day with some thoughts left over from the previous day. Despair, worry, concern, uncertainty, weakness, disappointment, discouragement, loneliness, fear…to name a few. They are with you when you go to bed and there to greet you when you wake up in the morning. That’s why my favorite time of the day is at 5:30 every morning (a little later on weekends) at which time I begin the most productive time of my day. No matter how chaotic my world, God always brings peace and order.
This morning the very first words to greet me, “the God of hope.” Well, there you go. If you wonder why anybody would get out of bed earlier than necessary then there’s your answer. My God is “the God of hope.” Suddenly all that negative junk left over from yesterday doesn’t seem so bothersome. My day just started with a mega-dose of hope.
Then, the Holy Spirit goes to work, and scriptures that I haven’t thought about in a long time come to mind. My attention this morning was drawn back to the creation story in Genesis.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:2-3)
God is a master at creating something out of nothing, turning chaos into something extraordinary, and putting things in order. In the beginning earth was a huge mess without form, empty, and engulfed in darkness. All it took for God to change the chaotic mess was to speak, “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
That same God who created the heavens, the earth, and every living creature on it is personally involved in your life. He is “the God of hope” who in an instant can change the darkness of your life into light. He can create hope where there is none and give you a reason, and even an excitement for facing the challenges of another day.
When Paul wrote these words of encouragement in today’s focus scripture, He wasn’t just throwing out a meaningless saying designed to make people feel better. He was giving all Christians something of real substance that was completely reliable. Do you need “peace” and “joy?” Then trust in “the God of all hope.”
When you “trust in Him” as the “God of hope” then something truly wonderful happens via the power of the Holy Spirit. Please take note of the descriptive word “overflow.” When we enter into God’s “peace” and “joy” our hearts then “overflow with hope.” God doesn’t give just a little flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. He sends forth a glorious light shining down on a better tomorrow.
Do you need God to restore order to your life? Remember that “the God of hope” (13) “is not the author of confusion but of peace.” (1 Cor. 14:33) He gives peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) which means that His peace is available in the toughest times.
Hope, peace, and joy are available to you right now, and God has given you the key that opens the floodgates for hope to overflow into your life. “Trust in Him.” The Holy Spirit that dwells within you has the power to release the hope you need for facing the challenges of this and every day. Don’t miss out on this amazing blessing from God.
This old world started with His words, “Let there be light.” Ask Him to speak new light and new hope into your life today.
This is my prayer for you today. “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.”
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