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)
Today’s verse came to me like a breath of fresh air. Think about how the Apostle Paul structured this thought: God fills, as you hope, so you can overflow. My guess is we often get…or shall I say, want?…that ordered a little bit differently. Typically, our skepticism leads us to want to experience the overflow before we trust. Does that resonate with you? We want to see the results before we surrender our trust. It’s ok. It’s natural. But God works in the supernatural!
I remember a conversation with my dad when I was a teen. He spoke truth into me along these lines as I struggled to put my faith into action. Dad challenged me by saying, you seem to want God to show to something before you believe, but God wants you to believe so He can show you. And such is the essence of faith.
Let’s return to our verse for today and think again about how Paul expresses this godly truth: trust God, so God can fill, and as you live into it, you overflow with God’s power. It starts with trust where you open your heart so God can fill it, and when God fills you, He overflows your life with passion and power for Him and His people.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for filling me to overflow. Forgive me for the times I look for the results before I surrender my trust to you. I want to trust you, place my hope in you, and marvel in the overflow. I lift this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.