Rom.15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Rom.15:13 – Passion – Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!
This week I was out for an early morning walk, it was still dark and the moon was bright, as I was reflecting on the drama of the last two years. If I want to be brutally honest I was depressed about the hurricane damage to our church and the many people who have not come back to church since they Covid mess. As I was looking up at the moon the phrase from Romans, “the God of all hope”, began to speak to me. It came as a download from the Lord. He Himself is our hope regardless of what is going on all around us. The personal promises of God, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit are all involved in producing hope in our lives. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this verse.
“Observe how he addresses himself to God, as the God of hope. It is good in prayer to fasten upon those names, titles, and attributes of God, which are most suitable to the errand we come upon, and will best serve to encourage our faith concerning it. Every word in the prayer should be a plea. Thus should the cause be skillfully ordered, and the mouth filled with arguments. God is the God of hope. He is the foundation on which our hope is built, and he is the builder that doth himself raise it: he is both the object of our hope, and the author of it. That hope is but fancy, and will deceive us, which is not fastened upon God (as the goodness hoped for, and the truth hoped in), and which is not of his working in us.”
That morning I chewed on about twenty verses on hope from the Bible. Each verse brought me in touch with the Word Himself Who is our hope. I may not like what is going on but my hope is in the Lord.