The message of Paul’s words in Romans chapter 15 is a call for all Christians to abound in hope.
To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. On the surface, having an abundance of hope and being hopeful in all things sounds like a great idea.
But in reality, we don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether we have it or not.
Our days are filled with so many other things that need to be done in a short amount of time. Things that seem so much more practical at the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked.
It’s true, we fall short of experiencing the hope God has for us when get caught up in the day-to-day stuff. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience the hope of God or to feel hopeful about the future.
So, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about what it means to abound in hope.
But first, we have to ask…
What is the true meaning of hope?
Hope is an expectation that our current circumstances will get better.
The world sees hope as just wishful thinking, a Pollyanna kind of attitude that doesn’t really get you anywhere.
But hope in God is different.
As Christians, we don’t need to walk around with rose-colored glasses on. We have God on our side. And we can have complete confidence that He has everything under control.
This knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.
There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we’ll feel hopeless and like nothing we do seems to work.
Sometimes those days will be few and far between. And sometimes they’ll pile up on top of each other.
On those days, we may feel alone in our hopelessness. But we can be sure, the God of Hope hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us through life’s struggles.
And during these times, God wants us to not only have hope but to abound in hope!
If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we may face.
And no matter what our current circumstances are, through patience and perseverance, God will give us joy and peace in believing, and the ability to abound in hope.
A Prayer to Abound in Hope
My prayer for you is this… May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And may you know the power of the Holy Spirit and How to Abound in Hope in Him today!
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