Psalm 71: 5 “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”
Hope is such an interesting word. Without it life is depressing. When it is deferred our heart is sick. And yet with it we can believe that all thinks are possible. Hope in the Hebrew means an expectation for what is longed for. However, it holds within it an even deeper meaning. The root of the word goes back into attachment, to bind together as in a twisted cord. Therefore, our hope is an expectation that He will work on our behalf because our life is attached to Christ.
Romans 15:13 is a wonderful verse. It states: “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”. Notice several truths about hope in this scripture. Firstly, our God is one of hope. Jeremiah says I know the plans I have for you. Plans to bless you, give you a hope and a future. God is full of hope and he wants to give it to us.
Secondly, notice it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we abound in hope. This should give us a hint. When we are feeling like our hope is being deferred we need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us up, to over flow our beings with his power. That is why we need power encounters with the Spirit. He fills us up and once again we have joy, peace and hope!
We have to hope to have faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. We don't have to have hope for that which we already possess. So faith and hope work together. While we are believing or hoping for something we need to ask God to fill us with the joy and peace of believing. Proverbs 10:28 states the hope of the righteous brings joy. Let us abound in hope and be filled with the joy of The Lord.
Prayer: “Holy Spirit fill me afresh with the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask that you would fill me with the joy and peace of believing that I would abound in hope. God my hope is in you!”