And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
in him the Gentiles will hope.”
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 15:12-13, New International Version
God’s plan of redemption was to reconcile us to each other. In Romans chapter 15, Paul is showing us that this was the plan all along. This was the fulfillment of hope for Jews and Gentiles alike.
But reconciliation doesn’t end there. Who do you need to reconcile with today? Who needs to share your hope today?
Hope comes in many forms. What I am hoping for right now—that my Covid booster won’t make me sick tomorrow—won’t mean much in a day or two. Joy, too, can be fleeting and sometimes we can’t remember tomorrow what gave us a glimpse of joy today.
We need more than fleeting hope and glimpses of joy. It is “long-haul” peace in our hearts that creates real joy. This isn’t the peace the world gives. The world’s peace just doesn’t last. We need the peace that gives us the God-given joy that fills us with real hope. This is more than human hopes and dreams—it’s Holy Spirit over-the-top hopefulness.
Overflowing hopefulness, what a gift we’ve been given! And it’s ours if we just believe.
I cried for Joy
I prayed for Peace
I longed for Hope
I tried to do it on my own
To create my joy
To broker peace
My hope was short-lived.
I didn’t know
Was to trust
And all these things
Would be mine.
Dear God, create in me the faith I need to experience this overflowing hope. When things seem dark, remind me of joy. When everything around me seems shattered, fill me with peace. As I walk with you today, fill me with the knowledge that your all-encompassing hope is always there before me. Amen.
Bea Ruoho lives in Peoria, AZ
I am a Retired Project Manager now concentrating on previous avocations of photography, sewing, and writing, and looking forward to experiencing more of the world through travel. I am currently thawing out, having returned to Arizona after a five-year deep freeze session in my childhood state of Minnesota.