“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
During the Christmas season, our family celebrates the birth of Christ and it’s obvious throughout the month of December. We talk about baby Jesus and we attend different events, put up decorations, and listen to Christmas music — the whole shebang!
My 4-year-old knows that some gifts will appear under the tree. This year she was hoping for a certain doll, amongst other things. She made it clear where her heart was and was very confident she was going get it; the items were already purchased.
She hoped, believed, and she received.
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”(Luke 11:13)
Hope in Christ is not wishful thinking, it is confidence in the divine character of God that loved mankind to the point of death; He cares about us. As we believe, there is a joy in having an intimate relationship with God and we can experience peace in our circumstances. This level of joy and peace is not attained by natural resources, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not just about hope, it’s having personal relationship with the God of hope.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world.” – David Brainerd
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Psalm 33:17