a stamp or sign with the word hope

AYRI- 22/5 Challenge- Wk 6

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 (NIV)

I’ve taken a break from the Armor of God memorisation this week and will memorise this verse in Romans.

Leading up to my birthday, I really wanted to find a verse for year 29 and here’s what I chose. The theme of hope had been popping up continuously in the past two weeks so I started my search there looking at verses on hope. This one was included in my daily devotional the day after my birthday and as I soon as I read it, I knew this was the one.

First though, what is hope and what does it mean to hope?

I went to the dictionary and hope can be defined as follows:

noun- the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

verb- to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.

Looking back at the verse, God is described as a God of hope and when we trust in Him we can have joy, peace and confidence as we look forward to the future. With God, hope is more than a feeling, it’s a certainty we have as He is faithful to the promises He gives us as believers.

The second part of the verse is my favourite as it talks about hope overflowing through the power of the Holy Spirit. When something overflows, it has filled up the container it is in and runs over affecting what’s around it. When hope overflows, the Holy Spirit not only fills us up with hope but goes a step further to ensure that those around us are also impacted by the overflow.

This verse is so timely as our region is being affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma. The damage done in some of the islands is sobering and it is easy to only see the negative.

a sign post with two signs, a larger one at the top saying hope and pointing to the right and a smaller one on the bottom saying despair pointing to the left

However, I choose to let the God of hope fill me up until I overflow so that I can spread hope to those around me.

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