I’m a mostly boring person, and I don’t push the envelope very often. But occasionally, I let my gas gauge get down to E and create some excitement.
Once I let my engine run on a cold day while I waited for my kids to finish piano lessons. (See how exciting our life was pre-Covid?) I finally realized the little display on my dashboard was trying to tell me I only had five miles to go until empty. I immediately turned off the car and pulled out my phone to search for the nearest gas station. Two miles away. No problem.
But when the kids piled in and I started driving, the miles on the fuel range display ticked down more quickly than I expected. My kids and I prayed anxiously until we slid into the gas station with a zero on the display.
Do you feel like you’re running on empty today? Maybe you feel like you’ve been on empty for weeks with no end in sight. I’ve got good news for you! The God of hope can fill you with joy, peace, and hope that overflows.
“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, NIV)
This overflowing hope is more than you could ever need. It never runs out. You’re not just driving around with your gas gauge on full, there is gas gushing out of your car!
This hope is overflowing because its source is our infinite God of hope. He is both the object of our hope and the One who grants us hope in Him. This overflowing hope comes by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
When we face circumstances that look never-ending and hopeless, we can continue to be hopeful. When we are tempted to turn to other sources of hope and find that they leave us feeling empty, God Himself supplies the true hope we crave. The God of hope promises to fill His children with more than enough hope for all our struggles and suffering.
No matter what you face this week, God will fill you with overflowing hope.
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