“I pray that God, the Source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT
Jesus Christ is our hope, our present certainty of Eternal blessing. He came from God to us when we were completely hopeless; He bore our punishment, and has given us His righteousness by faith, granting us relationship with God.
The gift of God, which Paul here prays for as a blessing on the Christians at Rome, brings great peace and joy to the believer. The world in which we live has no less war and misery, yet the Presence of Jesus, Who has promised to be with us always, brings us His peace in the midst of conflict, His joy in the midst of despair.
As we are filled with the peace and joy of God, our hope grows more and more confident– until we “overflow with confident hope”, as Paul here writes. This is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit, Whom Jesus has sent to teach and direct us in living His life while yet on earth.
God the Father, the source of hope, sends the blessing of joy and peace upon those who believe in Him. Jesus has promised to be with us always. The Holy Spirit guides us and directs us and enables us to live lives that please God. And our confident hope grows deeper and stronger and higher and overflows, a witness to those around us, and a testimony to the glory of the Grace of God.