Hope Runs Deep

Stephanie

hope runs deep

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NASB).

Paul’s encouragement in Romans 15:13 is one I visit weekly. Our God is one of hope. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that you and I can abound in hope. As a noun, hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” But check out the definition for hope when used as a verb: “to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence“.

Isaiah 40:31 provides us with a clear understanding of this definition of hope as “waiting”.

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Being hopeful is not like one making a wish and blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. Our God is not a genie in a bottle. When we hope for something, we look forward in anticipation with “reasonable confidence” that we will see it come to fruition.

Right now, my hope is for the Holy Spirit to draw my children in and reveal to them the plan of salvation. I pray every day for our Father to reveal more and more to them. My hope is not wishful. I await it with great anticipation, and I look forward to seeing what only God can do in and through my children.

What is something you hope for? I’d love to join you in prayer for it.

Father God, I thank You for the hope You have provided for us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I thank You that we can ask anything in His Name and await Your response. Give us a front row seat to Your glory, Abba. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.

 

8 Comments

  1. Ah, yes, the ingredient that will leave the heart sick without it! Excellent defining of the word in both its forms, my friend. This of all weeks it is my hope and prayer that this country can come together and lay aside the critical selfish unlistening posture happening in so many places by so many people. Love and hugs, sweet friend.

  2. “I await it with great anticipation.” I’m there with you. I don’t know how or when, but I know God is at work. And I wait with great anticipation. Visiting from #TellHisStory.

  3. Awaiting the anticipation just makes me bubble with joy. It’s like knowing God has a surprise planned and you just can’t wait to find out what it is and all those beautiful details of His handiwork. My husband and I are waiting with hope for a change in living situation and ministry opportunity : )

  4. Hi Stephanie,
    I love thinking about hope as the anticipation with reasonable confidence! And God is the giver of hope – -he does want us to be hopeful or he wouldn’t have mentioned it so often in scripture, even though discouraging circumstances leave us blindsided sometimes. Praying along with you for renewed hope in this new year!