Good morning friends,
Wow what a few months we are having, and the strain in the world seems to only increase. I was praying for a friend this week who has the added loss of a parent to bear this week, and I thought of her when I read this verse. And then I thought of myself, and all of you.
Romans 15:13 New International Version (NIV) 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.
̶I̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶a̶b̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶, We could all use a little more peace right now. And perhaps as a Christian you feel like you should have more peace than you do.
Did you know that you don’t have to work up “joy and peace” in hard times? The verse above says that God will fill you all joy and peace, and you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Joy and peace and hope are all described as God’s job! But you do have a role. Your job is to work on trust. It says this will happen “as you trust in him.”
So how do you “work on” trust?
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV, emphasis mine)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Psalm 46:10 (NIV, emphasis mine)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
It’s not our job to try to work up feelings of peace. If you have tried this, you know it only works for so long. It is our job to practice taking thoughts that are full of fear captive, and to replace them with thoughts of trust. We can be sure to include in our choices of music, books, and entertainment things that will encourage our hearts to trust. May I recommend extra time in the Bible during these trying times? Extra time in prayer?
And now again: my prayer for you today
What other verses would you add to this collection for practicing trust? Let’s create a collection; post yours in the comments!