“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”
Jesus in His great teaching in the Sermon on the Mount explains that the Kingdom of God is more important than such worldly desires as food and clothing. So He exhorts us to,
“seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33)
Paul repeats this and takes it further in defining the Kingdom – describing objective states, namely ‘justification through Christ, peace with God and rejoicing in hope of God’s glory, of which the Holy Spirit Himself is the pledge and foretaste.’
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17)
Now he explains that it is through faith (as you trust in Him) that this joy and peace grow within us – and his desire is that we should be filled with both, to the point of overflowing.
Our God is a God of hope. He is our hope for today, tomorrow and throughout eternity. Everything that we need, desire and would perceive as blessing, beyond the greatest reaches of our imaginations, finds its root and fruit in Him. He gives us hope because He is who He is – a God of Love. He gives us Life through the death and resurrection of His Son. He gives us peace and joy through the Holy Spirit within us. All of these are of God and come from God and grow and develop within us as we learn to live and trust in Him at all times and in all circumstances.
We have this certainty, in spite of the dark clouds that might appear and surround us from time to time. Because of this ‘certain hope’ we may know a joy and a peace that come from the knowledge that He is all-powerful and will work out His perfect will for us and for all His children.
If our focus is on the comforts and desires of this life then our joy and peace may disappear in an instant. If our focus is on God and on His Love and His Way then we may know a joy and peace starting now and developing into forever. Our hope then is not on health, wealth and the government – but on the Lord of Love, Life and Light, on His invincible strength and unfailing love.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour”( Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Lord God, may Your majesty, power and love be so real to me that I can and will keep my focus and faith on You at all times. Amen.