A daily advantage of being a Christian is the hope we have in Jesus.
27 The lamp of the LORD searches the Spirit of a person; it searches out his inmost being [He knows what we need and amply supplies it].
Our hope is what we have been promised that we have yet to receive. We KNOW we will have it; it’s either not time or it is not available yet. We are all in a process of transformation. Let the process continue at His rate.
A good example of hope is when the tire store called me and told me that my car was ready. Robin took me down there to get it in the hope that it truly was. Indeed, it was! How did I know? Because they called and told me it was ready. During my trip to the store, I was living in the hope that it was ready. My hope was fulfilled when I got there and my car was ready.
The same goes for us. We are promised eternal life with God. We have hope that it will be so. God even gave us a guarantee, which is the Spirit of God, as proof and assurance that it is so [Romans 5:5, Titus 3:5-6]. In fact, because we have the Spirit, we have already begun our eternity with God!
As we go through this day, I pray this for you:
13 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
What is so special about this prayer? Let’s look at it:
- We are overflowing with hope for the future. See Proverbs 4:18.
- That hope fills us with joy as we look forward to being in the kingdom of heaven!
- That hope also gives us peace as we wait for our Savior to either take us or come and get us. See John 14:3 and Philippians 3:20-21.
- The power of the Holy Spirit is what drives us.
Let’s plug into His power and be about the Father’s business as we “await a Savior from there!”
Abba, I pray for my readers today that they would know the hope they have in You, that You will fill them with joy and peace as they trust in You, and that they will follow the leading of Your Spirit as they overflow onto the people around them. May our lights shine ever brighter as we move toward You and our heavenly home. Amen.