“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The term “God of hope” in this verse refers to Jesus and His promise of salvation that comes to all people through Him. By “God of hope,” Paul means that God is the source of hope. So, if we lack hope in our lives, we need to seek God.
Paul prays that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace so that you will abound in hope. Both joy and peace are part of the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces in a believer who walks in the Spirit (Gal 5:16, 22).
Biblical joy is an inner delight in God and His promises, and that delight gives us comfort and contentment in every trial. It comes from knowing that our God will work all things for our good because we love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28, 35).
Biblical peace is inner contentment and freedom from crippling anxiety and fear. It comes from being reconciled to God and, as much as it depends on us, being at peace with others. It comes through taking every concern to God in prayer.
Being filled with God’s joy and peace is the foundation that results in abounding hope. Hope is the confident expectation that Christ will fulfill all the promises of God for us – even if we have not yet experienced that fulfillment.
God of Hope, we thank you for the joy, peace and hope you bring to our lives. You make it possible for us to enjoy this life you have blessed us with no matter what comes our way. In your Holy Name we pray. Amen.
Contributed by Rick Knutson