“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” (Romans 15:13). Can you imagine what a difference you can make today if you will simply live with hope in this hopeless world? Allow your God to build up His hope within you so that others can see it today. We are living in a world that is desperately searching for hope. Finances have left people without hope. Health challenges have left people without hope. Leadership has left people without hope in many cases. As with everything else, the only One that can provide lasting hope is our God! The world is desperately looking for hope today … there is no question about that. The hope that God gives a person does not end with hope alone. God’s hope will also bring joy and peace. Think about it … as smart as those in the world think they are they cannot produce hope, joy, or peace. Genuine joy and peace are only possible when the Holy Spirit produces them within a person. Everyone in the world yearns for hope, joy and peace.
As the world searches all the “normal” places for hope and finds none, this verse admonishes us to be people that overflow in hope. Don’t look at this world through the glasses of someone who does not know Jesus Christ! You do have hope! You do have a future in Heaven that will be far better than anything you have experienced here on the earth! You do have a Comforter in this world of turmoil. Let the world see the hope that the Holy Spirit brought when He indwelled you! There should be an out-pouring of hope from you wherever you go today! This is the hope the world so desperately needs … and you know the Source!
I am not telling you that you will not have discouragement and bad things happen to you. We are living in a world where bad things do happen to good people, but never forget this world is not your final home. There is a bright future for those who have trusted Jesus Christ to save them! Don’t live like this world is the final destiny for you, but live like you know where you’re going! Make today a day when you display the hope that God gave you when you came to know Him personally. Let the world see a hope that circumstances cannot diminish. Show them a hope that is strong and bright in a weakening and darkening world.
“I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.” – Helen Keller