Overflowing with Hope

“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him. 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.”
Romans 15:12-13 (NIV)

During the Advent and Christmas season, this year more than ever I have been struck by the incredible hope that Jesus’ birth brings us. I can’t even begin to imagine the sheer joy that people like Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Zechariah felt as they witnessed the Old Testament prophecies unfold and experienced the immense hope that comes through birth of Jesus.

I love the verse above because it references a prophecy in Isaiah 11 that says, “In that day, the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him; and his place of rest will be glorious.”

Christ is here! He is glorious and He offers us tremendous hope!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m in the process of waiting through some pretty big life decisions and while I wait, I am both comforted and strengthened by the hope that Christ brings to us.
For 2009, I’ve committed to memorizing two scripture verses a month and my first verse is Romans 15:13. Through this waiting process, my prayer is that as I trust in the Lord, I will be filled with the peace and joy that can only come through the Holy Sprit and that my life will be overflowing with the hope that we have in Christ.

Jesus, thank you for the incredible hope that you give to us. Even in uncertain times, it is a delight to be able to rest confidently in You. I pray that my heart will trust firmly in you and that you will fill me with the you and peace that can only be found in You.