Hope in God

James Cook

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. (v. 13)

To a world of despair and fear, Paul’s prayer comes as a benediction: “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.” This hope announces that the world is redeemable. It is no empty optimism that somehow everything is going to be all right. It is a Christian certainty based solidly on the word and work of God. The Father made the promises in the days of Abraham and thereby gave the hope. The Son fulfilled the promises by his messianic work and thereby became the hope. The Holy Spirit now plants the faith in our hearts that enables us to embrace the promises of the Father, their fulfillment in the Son, thereby making us to be the people of hope!

In Elton Trueblood’s Signs of Hope in a Century of Despair, the dedication reads: “To John R. Mott who, in the darkness of our time, has always seen light, and whose life has made credible the faith that the light is there.” Our world needs Christians who can always see the light, even in darkness. If the God of the universe has not given up, why should we? (originally published October 29, 1961)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for our hope of full redemption in Christ. Thank you for our hope of a new heaven and a new earth. Amen.