by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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)
How do you read today’s verse? Admittedly, I had to read it and reread it to make sure I got the cause and effect straight in my mind.
We read Paul’s teaching that God fills you with hope, joy, and peace as you trust in Him. We all too often get that backwards, don’t we? When things get tough, and we go to God, we might be inclined to pray, “Dear God, please give me your hope, joy, and peace so I can trust you…amen.” But that isn’t what Scripture teaches, is it? No. Paul says we are filled with hope, joy, and peace when we trust God. And in reality, that makes perfect sense.
Hope, joy, and peace comes from trust, and not the other way around. This is an act of faith where we surrender to God when things don’t make sense. When we remember that God is in control no matter what befalls us, then we can keep moving one step at a time, filled with the trusting assurance that God is with us. So, trust, then see God move in your life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I trust you, even though it might be hard. I know your peace comes from my trust, so please forgive me when I get this backwards. I pray this in Jesus’ name, who taught that He gives peace that can only come from you. Amen.