Art Journal Note:
On this page I used two magazine images that I had cut out and mounted onto some plain white paper. I ripped around the edges for a softer effect, then glued them onto some lovely green background paper. The verse and prayer were just written out on some plain white paper using a brown Staedtler ball pen.
“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 v 13
This is one of those verses that is power-packed and full of truths and promises.
A verse to read a few times, slowly, and think about. Not just skip past thinking, ‘well that’s a lovely encouraging verse’ and move on without thinking about what it really means? What is God asking me to do here? And why?
To me, there seems to be a clear link here between trusting in God and then Him filling us with all joy and peace.
If we need joy? Trust in the God of hope. He will fill us with all joy.
If we need peace? Trust in the God of hope. He will fill us with all peace.
And then there’s the ‘so that’.
I’ve been working through an excellent Bible study by Wendy Blight, ‘Living So That’ (see previous blog post ‘Eating Your Words’ http://wp.me/p56iEe-3J ) and now I find myself constantly on the lookout for verses with the phrase ‘So That’ – to really look and see what the purpose of the verse is! It’s really helpful to unlock Scripture, and there are hundreds of them!
In this verse, the purpose of us trusting in our God of hope is not ‘so that’ He can fill us with all joy and peace – though that is what He does!
As we trust in the God of hope and He fills us with all joy and peace, this is so that we ‘may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
The God of hope passes on His hope to us.
He passes on so much hope, we literally overflow with it.
And it’s the Holy Spirit powerfully working in our lives, who causes us to overflow with this hope that comes from God Himself. Just like the images of the waterwheel, as the Holy Spirit flows through us and over us, He turns us, moves us, enables us to generate hope for others.
We can truly be salt and light in this broken world by being people who are overflowing with hope.
If we are feeling a bit hopeless, or are finding it difficult to trust in God, we need to return to the Word of God. Romans 15 v 4 says:
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
So the Word of God exists to encourage us and to give us hope. (Note the ‘so that’ in this verse too!) Lets read our Bibles regularly, prayerfully and expectantly!
Heavenly Father, you are the God of hope. I put my trust in You and ask that You would fill me with all joy and peace today. Holy Spirit, flow through me and over me by your power, cause me to overflow with hope, for your glory.
In Jesus’ name,