May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15: 13
How do we experience hope when all looks hopeless? When the problems seem to mount to the sky, where do we begin?
Here in Northern California we’re dealing with some pretty huge obstacles right now, and frankly, some of us are in the fight of our lives!
Our challenges are daunting, and many of our days feel overwhelming, but for we who call ourselves “christian” this is our opportunity to walk out our faith before our neighbors in daily tangible ways. And we are doing that.
Of course we are hurting, too. That is obvious. But we are also strangely hopeful.
In his blog post Never Abandon Hope, John Piper said,
“God ministers hope to his people through faith in his promises. If you lack the joy and peace you want to see in your life, then fight to keep believing his promises. Joy doesn’t materialize out of thin air, and it’s not a “magic” work of the Spirit. God’s promises in his word are the conduits of our confidence.” (emphasis mine)
The Holy Spirit ushers in hope, through the door of our trust in God’s promises.
Isn’t that a relief to know?
That bringing hope is His job?
Ours is to stand on God’s word, and fight if necessary, to hold on tight to it.
Are we rejoicing in our sufferings? Well, perhaps not yet—but we will—because our confidence is in God! And we KNOW—the joy, peace, and hope are His job, and He will do it.
So we stand on His promise:
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4
God will do in us what, right now, we cannot do for ourselves.
And, because of that, we will not abandon our hope.
Instead, we are believing for hope, and more hope!
John Piper’s post concludes,
“In God’s gracious design, the Christian life spirals upward in ever-increasing joy, peace, and hope. As you continue to fight to trust God more, he’ll grace you with more joy, peace, and hope — even in suffering and trials.
As you learn to walk by faith more and more every day, you’ll find that your joy in him will increase until it finally reaches its peak when you see Jesus face to face and walk with him by sight.”
The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers who love him— those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God. Psalm 33:18 TPT
(There is much more encouragement in the video below.)