Jesus Is Hope
“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
We all have dreams we hope will come true, and they seem to form at an early age. In my childhood, I fixated on different careers and decided I wanted to be an archeologist, TV anchor, writer, and an actress. When it comes to our aspirations, we try to follow a certain path in an effort to accomplish that dream.
Sometimes we get there, but sometimes we don’t. Often, our lives turn out differently than expected or desired, which can leave us feeling like a failure. We may feel incomplete and unworthy of hoping good things will come our way. But as I look closer at today’s verse, I’m reminded my hope is not in lofty dreams or ambitions. It’s in Jesus, and this changes my viewpoint.
The first part of Romans 15:13 says, “God of hope,” and 1 Timothy 1:1 states that Jesus is hope. If we trust Him, who is hope, then we are filled with joy and peace regardless of our circumstances. The second part of today’s verse says that with this trust, our expectation of good things to come will overflow, meaning it will go beyond abundance because of the power of the Holy Spirit.
So, if we have Jesus, we have access to endless amounts of hope, and biblical hope is assured in Christ. It’s not something we long for that may or may not happen but instead something we’re assured will come. With this confidence, it’s easy to wait for tomorrow, expecting delight and harmony in our future. When we reach heaven, our hope—of joy, peace, and eternal life, will become reality.
Do you recognize God as your source of hope? Do you need to ask Him to grow your assurance in Him so that you can have hope in abundance?
Kristen Terrette holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children's Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family arrives home. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women's leadership and teaching team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To see her blog and novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
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Originally published Tuesday, 07 February 2023.