Trust Produces Peace And Spiritual Power
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 15:13
A book could be written from all of the truth that is found in this one verse and we certainly cannot cover it all in this one daily devotional, but we can get a glimpse of it.
First there is the “God of hope.” What a concept. When we gain knowledge about God, who he is and what he can do, hope grows up in our heart. Then we begin to put that hope to the test and discover that the Lord can be trusted. It is when trust is developed that our relationship with him really grows.
Our daily devotional verse mentions three benefits that grow out of trusting the Lord; joy, peace and spiritual power. Our relationship with the Lord develops in much the same way as our human relationships. As our experience with him grows our relationship grows stronger and deeper.
I remember the first date my wife and I had. By the time we parted that evening I had decided that this was the most wonderful woman I had ever met, or she was one of the best liars I had ever met, and I was going to find out which it was. Within just a few days I discovered that she was a most wonderful woman and she was perfect for me. When I came to that conclusion I had great joy, and there was a calm peace that came over me when I was with her.
It is the same with the Lord. We hear all of these outrageous claims about him; he created the heavens and the earth, he heals and delivers from oppression, he gives peace in the middle of tumultuous times – and we don’t know if it is true, but we want to find out. Then as our experience with him grows we realize that not only was everything we heard true, but we had not even heard the half of it.
There is great peace, joy and spiritual power in trusting God.
Prayer: Lord, I do love you, and I am learning to trust you even in tumultuous times. Grant me the patience and the tenacity to pursue knowledge and experience with you so that I might have joy, peace and spiritual power. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: Our relationship with the Lord develops in much the same way as our human relationships. As our experience with him grows our relationship grows stronger and deeper.
Affirmation: I do trust in the Lord and he has given me his peace as well as the power of Holy Spirit.
Reflection: How is trust and peace related? Can we have peace if there is no trust? Where does the Holy Spirit fit into this mixture of trust and peace?
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