Our Hope When Life Hurts

Life is unpredictable. Who could have guessed a pandemic would upend our plans, uproot our sense of certainty, and throw us into turmoil, leaving us longing for hope? Life can change in a nanosecond, and it deals blows we cannot expect.

Thankfully, in our time of uncertainty, we can take hold of the promise found in Romans 15:13. “The God of hope will fill us with all joy and peace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.” Hope is mentioned not once but twice in this verse.

The first mention in this verse refers to God as the origin of hope. We anticipate a favorable outcome not based on His person. We will face disappointments or life-altering detours. We will experience the death of a dream or the loss of a loved one. But no matter how difficult our circumstances, we can have hope because of who God is: powerful, wise, sovereign and good. God is our guide, our comfort, our rock that remains steadfast when everything around us crumbles. He’s our constant companion who has promised never to leave us, not even for a moment.

The second mention of hope refers to us as the recipients. God pours Hope into us when we choose to believe He is who He says He is and that He always keeps His promises. When we do this, He gifts us not with flimsy optimism that everything will work out okay, but with a rock solid anticipation of a favorable outcome under His guidance.

And because we live among humanity desperately seeking hope, He wants our supply to spill over and fill those around us, creating in them a curiosity to know our secret. We can’t concoct this hope in our own strength; God makes Hope possible you the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.

The more we meditate on Romans 15:13, the word God heals our hurting hearts. We can hang on to hope knowing that someday, Jesus will return and set everything right. Someday, He will wipe every tear from our eyes. In the meantime, we can live in hope because the source of hope lives in us.

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