Theology

Overflowing


I had a thought yesterday that really encouraged me, so thought I’d share.

In Romans 15 Paul prays, “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”. Where might this land in your world?

When we are hoping and believing and trusting for some things in life for any length of time it can easily become weary or tiring if the things themselves don’t materialise within our time-scale – ie we hope for an outcome but it doesn’t happen and so we can become discouraged. We hope for an outcome again but it still doesn’t happen and so we can become more discouraged.

But when there is a bubbling, overflowing brook of Hope constantly brimming over within us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, it means we can go on and on and on hoping, despite not seeing the object of our hope appearing. We are free so we don’t need to see the things in reality for our hope to be intact.

This is supernatural hope, not the hope that the world offers. It’s not a blind, ‘stick your head in the sand’ type of wishful thinking; it’s the very evidence of the very God of Hope Himself residing within you enabling you to continue hoping as you believe in Him. Being able to hope like this (against all hope Rom.4) is a mystery and an unspeakable blessing.

Be encouraged!
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4 Comments

  • an encouraging and timely point, Nick – may the Lord shine His face on you always, maintain that passion for His Word and continue to share to those of us who may be flagging a bit!

    • Hi Marcia – good to hear from you. So glad it was a timely and encouraging thought! One of my favourite thoughts that I’ve heard from any author is from Brennan Manning when he says, “God loves me just as I am, not as I should be, because none of us are as we should be”. God bless, Nick

  • Encouraged! In our context in Kenya it’s much more common to hear “I’m trusting God for XYZ” than “I’m trusting in Him”. Wonderful to be reminded that God in us gives us hope in Abba God for the return of Big Brother God.

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