“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.”
Rom. 15:13 (NIV)
“. . . the God of hope . . .” Paul says ‘the greatest of these things is love’ but we have to have hope and the love of God to get us through our journey of life.
“. . . fill you with all joy and peace . . .” We sometimes have to learn to accept things as they come to us. We do this by surrendering our thoughts and feelings to God. Certain circumstances in our lives help us to grow in the Lord and later we see His hand in those things that originally vex us.
“ . . . as you trust in him. . . “When we rely on the Lord to guide us through our days, we are not in control. We pray and seek His wisdom about our circumstances and wait for Him to work.
“. . . so that you may overflow with hope. . .” I have a friend who has had a complication following what is considered a simple surgery. But, as I listen to her talk, she conveys that she’s taking these steps she has to take in stride. She has hope that she and her husband will get through this ‘momentary trial.’ They decided this is their journey for right now.