Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hope Builds Us Up
“And hope doesn’t disappoint us
because God has poured out his love
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5 (NIV)
Have we ever gone through a ‘dry spell’ and came out of it reinvigorated, ready to work on a project in ways we couldn’t imagine?
In trying to find a topic for my blog for January I didn’t know what I was to do. I felt listless and knew I needed a project on which to work.
God led me to explore the word ‘hope’.
I consulted two concordances and compiled a list from the Old Testament. The next day, in my devotional reading I found this verse in Romans. It spoke to me.
Paul speaks to the citizens of Rome. He shares from his heart. Our reliance on God and his provision for us keeps us going, and makes us stronger. God does this by placing his love in our hearts by way of His Holy Spirit whom he stations in our hearts when we accept the Father into our hearts.
Let’s all look at this new year with the hope we have in God, and rely upon His provision and His blessing for us in what lay ahead for us individually, as His people and as nations.