Saturday, May 27th
Title: Joy and Hope
Scripture: Romans 15:13 says,
“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.”
Main Idea: Joy is crucial to having hope.
More: This verse presents a series of causes and effects. Joy comes from God, and it comes from believing, believing in God and his Word. Show me a person who struggles to believe God, and I’ll show you a person who lacks deep, abiding joy. You simply cannot have abiding joy through unbelief. So, make up your mind to believe everything God says in his Word.
Next comes hope. Joy and peace and the presence of the Holy Spirit give hope. Joy drives out despair. Joy apprehends the goodness of God and anticipates more of the same forever. So rejoice in what God says, and you will live with hope in what lies ahead.
Faith and Worship Declarations: I choose to believe God’s Word, not my puny reasoning. Thank you, my Lord, for the resulting blessings of joy, peace, and hope.