“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 “.” But check out the definition for hope when used as a verb: “ “.
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.