“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 15:13-14
There are times when the wear and tear of life can discourage and overwhelm a child of God. When we ﬁnd ourselves in that place, it is critical that we get a hold of the hope God has set before us. When we are stressed out, hope acts as an “anchor of the soul.” Hope stabilizes us and keeps us from going crazy in the midst of trials.
The God-kind of hope is very diﬀerent than, “desire.” Hope actually draws us into our future with the conﬁdent expectation that something good is going to happen. Setting our hope in God ﬁlls our hearts with joy and peace in spite of what is going on. This is very diﬀerent than simply, “wishing” that everything will eventually work out. For all of us, unforeseen circumstances, tragedy, bad news, an unexpected turn of events, hardship, and pain produce deﬁning moments in our lives. In these moments, we must not be afraid to trust in the God of hope – and ﬁrmly anchor ourselves to Him. These seasons often solidify what God has been working in us and make us even more prepared for greater success had we not gone through what we went through.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when I experience unrelenting disappointment, I still believe that You are going to work something out in my life that is going to be awesome. I encourage myself in You today, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Prayer Target: All our Life Fellowship Pastor’s and families