Hope Can Overcome Even Our Most Discouraging Days
HOPE. It’s one of my favorite words. I mean, thank goodness this word exists. Can you imagine a world without it? When I began writing this last month, I found myself deeply concerned for our world. I had experienced great disappointment during a particular instance of blatant disrespect. On this very discouraging day, I had a choice to make: I could bellyache about it and harden my heart; or I could turn my eyes upward and ask for His guidance (Psalm 121:1-2). So, I decided to reach into my verse box (I keep an index card box where I write down verses, thoughts, ideas, experiences, quotes, etc., for a book I am working on – I guess it’s my way of journaling) and “randomly” pulled out a card with Romans 15:13 on it. This is what I read:
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Wow, this was the exact verse I needed and God knew it (not such a “random” selection after all). It turned my day and attitude around. Here’s why:
These three words: Hope, Joy and Peace! Words God knew we would all need during our sojourn on earth. He is so good and has thought of everything to take care of us! Let’s look at these three words in more detail:
- Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen; a feeling of trust; desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.
What beautiful definitions! I find it refreshing that Hope is associated with positivity. Notice, we don’t hope for dreadful experiences or disappointing circumstances, it is a better situation we always hope for. My favorite name for Jesus includes the word Hope: “Blessed Hope”!
In Titus 2:13 it tells us we should be, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and of our Saviour Jesus Christ;”. Such a wonderful verse about our Savior. I love that hope exists for mankind, Jesus Christ is that hope. And I love that I can pray for whomever I want, any time I want and can hope those prayers will be answered.
- Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. God wants us to be filled with this, no matter our circumstance. How encouraging this is to me and I hope to you as well!
James 1:2 inspires us to have joy during the difficulties of life: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations:”
- Peace – is defined as freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. Now it is made clear to us that our earthly lives come with many trials and tribulations, but God wants us to have His Peace in the midst of our circumstances. And that Peace is possible when we trust Him to move us through the storms:
Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”
Romans 15:13 also mentions the word “believing”. Believers accept His Word as truth and as a result have hope. The verse says “ye may abound in hope.” ABOUND! God wants us to have plentiful, abundant, generous amounts of HOPE – not just dabble in it as some of us tend to do.
These words were inspired and written when God had full knowledge of what you and I were going to face in life: the good, the not so good, the discouraging, the bad, the heartbreakingly bad, and even the most painful trials of our lives.
Our God is a God of HOPE and he wants his children, His believers, full of JOY and PEACE so we may ABOUND in HOPE.
If you are in one those devastatingly painful trials, take heart! All is not lost, my sister, it is NOT over . . . because Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior is the Blessed Hope we all need. Maybe you are having a particularly frustrating day, as I was. But in each situation we are to take a hold of His HOPE. During Discouraging Days or in Rock Bottom situations, there is plenty of HOPE to go around, my friend, actually more than plenty. The familiar acronym, Hang On Pain Ends, is so true. Pain does end, so does frustration, so will sickness, so will heartbreak, and so will _____ (fill in the blank). We have to hang on and trust in God. I encourage you to Glorify and Honor God in whatever season you are experiencing, for it will please Him and encourage others in the faith, or better yet, bring them to faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
I challenge you to memorize Romans 15:13, or find another verse that speaks Hope into your life to memorize, then cling to it on your bad days. On the flip side, if you are in a season of abundance, I urge you to, please, be that messenger of HOPE for someone else who needs it. The hopeless are all around us, we just have to be willing to open our hearts to them.
Praying for each of you to have a HOPE filled life with abundant JOY and PEACE from God above.