Joy, peace, and hope. Three words that can sometimes feel elusive and unattainable. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I love reading Paul’s letter to the church at Rome. In Romans, he taught about salvation, grace, righteousness, and how to relate to one another as Christians. I’ve read through and studied this book many times through the years. But today, as I was reading in Romans, I read this verse and saw some things I’d never noticed before.
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. Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Here are the new insights I found today:
- Paul’s not asking that we’d simply be filled with joy and peace, but that we’d be filled with ALL joy and peace. Every bit of it.
- When and how do we get all this joy and peace? As we’re trusting in Him. Not when we’re working hard enough or giving enough money or doing enough for others, but AS we trust in Him.
- And when we trust in Him, we not only get ALL joy and peace, but we also get so much hope that it’s overflowing!
- That hope comes by the power of the Holy Spirit. Again, not because of any works we’ve done, but only because we’re given it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Joy and peace…all. Hope…overflowing.
And I receive them AS…not before or after or when, but as…I trust in Him.
I’m trusting Him today for joy, peace, and hope in your life and mine.