May the God of Hope Fill You with All JOY and PEACE
What a description for the truly awesome God: the GOD OF HOPE!
That He is! And far, far more than we can ever imagine!
Among all the vast kindnesses that He offers to the children of men, we find that God also wants to lavish us–FILLING our hearts–with JOY and PEACE!…gifts offered to those who BELIEVE–to those who TRUST in HIM!
Amazing! And thought-provoking!
Because we have to ask…if we may be lacking in JOY and PEACE….does that mean we may be forgetting to TRUST IN HIM?!
TRUST produces HOPE…and JOY…and PEACE!!
We all long for those, as nourishment to our souls! TRUST in the awesome God of HOPE is where it all begins!
If you are interested in taking a look, here is a simple break-down of this passage–with some significant definitions from the original language–to help us better grasp and appreciate the depth of its meaning! (Defined in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
Romans 15: 13-14
“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.”
“Now may the God of…
…HOPE:—to anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation or confidence
…FILL:—to make replete, i.e. literally to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or figuratively to furnish or imbue, diffuse, influence, satisfy, finish (a period or task), verify, etc.
…ALL: all, any, every, the whole
…JOY: cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight
…and PEACE: peace, quietness, rest
…in BELIEVING: to have faith in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing, i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ)
…that you may ABOUND: to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous
…in HOPE: to anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation or confidence
…by the POWER: force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power
…of the Holy Spirit.
WOW! There’s so much in this text–such reason for REJOICING and HOPE–built on the foundation of TRUST in the awesome God of HOPE!
Will . you . TRUST . HIM . and . discover . HOPE . and . JOY?
p.s. After an extended illness, it’s good to be back and well enough to be writing again…thank you for your patience while the blog was quiet…and thank you for your prayers!