Following God’s Still, Small Voice
Staying Open to the Leading of the Holy Spirit
by Joanne Troppello
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
That verse has always given me hope and peace. Not only because those two words are actually in the verse, but because of the simple, yet profound truth of that passage of scripture.
In dissecting this verse, we see that God is described as the God of hope. That’s three words that should make you hopeful. He is not described there as a God of anger or God of revenge against us. True, it does say in Nahum 1:2 that God is a jealous and avenging God. However, that verse continues to say that God will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies.
So, as a child of God, you are NOT an adversary or enemy of God. Take heart, God is not a God of vengeance toward you.
I love how Paul writes that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing. When you truly believe that God has His best in mind for you and will work everything out for your good (Romans 8:28) – whether you like the outcome or not – then you will have that joy and peace.
That joy and peace won’t be in your heart when – and if – you continually focus on the negative things in your life. Sure, not everything in life is always rosy. No one said life would be perfect this side of Heaven. However, when you focus on God’s leading for your life and praising Him through all of life’s storms, you will have that peace that truly does pass all understanding (Phil 4:7).
This simple, yet profound verse ends with that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s the KEY. We can have that hope, joy, and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
When we try to be hopeful, joyful, or peaceful in our own strength we usually fail pretty quickly. Yes, some people are more prone to those characteristics than others who are generally more combative. Yet, even the most even-keeled person who is consistent and stable in their perceptions and behavior, will stumble and fall – and can quickly lose that hope, joy, and peace.
I know because I am generally an even-keeled person. Yet, when the right (or rather wrong) circumstances come along that threaten to upend things in my life, I can become doubtful, depressed, and have no peace.
The only way that any Christian can make it through life abounding in hope IS BY the power of the Holy Spirit. There is no other way.
Are you abounding in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.