Hope Overflowing

“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)

 

God gifted Paul in numerous ways. His gift of exhortation was used generously to encourage and build up the church body. Above, is but one sentence, packed with such powerful prose. This morning, my meditation is to look more closely at this verse, and share what He shows me.

 

May the God of hope – God, our Creator, who alone, is in whom we can have a confident expectation of a favorable outcome

 

fill you with all joy and peace – overwhelm our entire being with deep rooted delight, not in what surrounds us, but rather by He who dwells within us, and grant us His peace that passes all understanding, even when calm should not come

 

as you trust in Him – in order to know God and His benefits, we must trust Him and place our life in His hands

 

so that you may overflow with hope – our confident expectation of a favorable outcome in Christ will be contagious to all whom we meet

 

by the power of the Holy Spirit – the filling and overflowing and ongoing trust is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit who is our Comfort, our Compass, our Companion, and Center

 

May the Lord of hope,Hope Overflowing

be near you this day;

may you know His help,

as you walk His way.

May His joy abound,

peace be present too;

may your trust be great,

as you are made new.

May hope overflow,

to all who come near;

may they see His light,

a heart that’s sincere.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God of all hope, who fills us with all joy and peace as we trust in You. Thank You that You allow our hearts to overflow with hope, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for allowing our focus to be anywhere other than on You, and help us to trust completely, so that we are ever aware of Your nearness. Help us to receive the joy and peace that You are presenting, and may we pass on the hope we hold to all who are ready to hear. May many come to know the hope that is held in You alone. Let our lives overflow as an ongoing offering to You. Amen.

Ā© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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