“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NKJV)
All you have to do is turn on the news to see that there is a great deficit in our country. It isn’t the federal, banking or job deficit that concerns me so much as the deficit of hope. Hope is a rare commodity these days. While I realize there are certain practical realities we must all face, we cannot effectively face them without hope.
The good news is that there is no hope deficit with God! Paul calls Him the God of hope, which means that His hope is as infinite and eternal as He is. Now when the Bible speaks of hope it means joyful, confident expectation. Consider these three words. Does that describe your current mental attitude?
Despite what you may hear, there is great reason for hope. It is not the “pie in the sky”, “wishful thinking” variety but a hope based on the unchanging, trustworthy nature of our God. You see, it is impossible for Him to break even one of His promises. Therefore, when we believe in what He has said it fills us with all joy and peace. Then from His vast treasury God imparts to us abounding hope by the Holy Spirit! As believers in Jesus Christ, we can face anything with joyful, confident expectation that God is for us and not against us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is working all things together for our ultimate good. Now let me ask you, do you have this hope?
If you find your hope account running low or even overdrawn, then come to the heavenly treasury. The God of hope is ready to make a BIG deposit!
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