{ More Jesus } Abound in hope, even in life’s disappointments / Day 13

READ: ROMANS 15: 1-13

“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, ESV}

If I had to pinpoint one thing that the enemy is so diligent at attacking in a believer, it would be Hope. Hands down. Hope that our circumstances could change.  Hope that the things we desire could really come to fruition.  Hope that healing would happen. Hope in our Savior who holds our eternal inheritance, our supplier of grace, our gifter of mercy, forgiver of sins, and the One who is so faithful to help us!

Why?  Because the enemy knows it is so much easier for us to wrap our heads around the tangible things we can see, taste, and touch in our lives.  When we hinge our hope in our dreams for marriage, our families, or our careers and then those things don’t play out as we had expected, we lose hope.

And hopelessness so follows.

However, it’s our hope in Christ alone that saves us and that brings us peace. It’s an assuredness within us when everything around us seems insecure.

Where we find our greatest need to believe God is often in the midst of our greatest disappointments. We rarely need to be reminded to have faith in God, or even recognize our need for faith, when life is cruising along just as we had hoped, right?

Peace comes from knowing and trusting even when our surroundings start to contrast what faith promotes.  When the ground we stand on gets shaky and we struggle to make sense of things, it’s there that we can start to entertain questions like:

Does God even see what’s happening in my life?

Does God really hear my prayers and love me if this is where He’s leaving me?

If God never leaves me, why do I feel so alone?

Entertaining these questions in the disappointed spaces of life have the ability to slowly chip away at our hope in God.  It’s that famous mantra, “What you think about you bring about.”  And the opposite of the life breathing encouragement found in Philippians 4:8 that instructs us to keep our mind set on whatever is true, honorable, lovely.  When we spend time thinking (and let’s be real, often obsessing) about our fears, doubts, and the ‘what if’s’ of life, those thoughts have the ability to slowly start to smother the Truth we know.  And let’s be clear, it’s ok to question the hard things that happen in our lives and it’s even ok to be disappointed, it’s only when our disappointment overshadows our faith that it becomes a problem.

Our disappointments in life can form a callus over our hope when we don’t reconcile them with God’s Word.

To “believe” is to have that firm conviction of the goodness, efficacy, or ability of someone or something and as believers that someone needs to be Jesus!

Believing that Jesus is good { all the time }, His Word is true and can be trusted { always }, takes a daily habit of intentionality seeking Him and through the reading of His Word, so that we live rightly aligned with Truth.  This is not something that is a one and done kind of thing but requires more of a daily habit of renewing.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” {Romans 15:4, ESV}

We have the greatest prescription for a dimming hope. The Bible.  The Word of God is written for us and is applicable to our lives right now, not only to breath life into our day but to be our hope amplifier through all of life’s ups and downs.  Take a little time today to read Romans 15 and find sweet encouraged for your soul.  And in so doing, unlock a living full of hope!

Reflect:

  • Have you put more hope in something happening then in trusting Jesus over your life?
  • What helps you hope fast to your eternal hope in Christ when life gets rocky?
  • Take a minute to write out three things that stir you up for greater hope in Christ?

Prayer:

Lord, thank you that we can rest our Hope in you alone.  In the waves and uncertainty that may come crashing all around us, we can seek solace in your faithful Word that will always remain true.  May we grow to love meeting with You in the Word and in prayer more and more each day! ~ Amen.

 

BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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