Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

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 through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Sometimes to understand a verse fully I look at the opposite of what the verse says. For example, if we were to look at this verse in the opposite way it would say:

‘I pray that God the source of doubt, will fill you completely with sorrow and turmoil because you mistrust Him. Then you will overflow with uncertain apprehension through the power of the Holy Spirit.’

Romans 15:13

It somehow helps us to see more clearly the blessing our God has made available for us. It also makes us identify with the work of the devil in our hearts. There are certain folks that I know that the words ‘uncertain apprehension’ sum up their walk with God.

Do you find yourself full of sorrow or turmoil? Either emotion can come in ways which we find ourselves experiencing daily. For example, stress at work can throw you into turmoil! A sharp word from a friend can leave you feeling sorrowful. Recognise it as the work of the devil in your heart. Paul is praying that our God will fill us completely with joy and peace. Be determined today to look up and receive His joy no matter how troubled or sorrowful you are. We only have one life to live! This day, today, will never come again. We will never have the opportunity to live it again, to look up and catch the breath of eternity. Only what we do for Him will last; everything else will pass away. Use every opportunity to enjoy the moment and be filled with His joy and peace. Then you will find confident hope comes naturally to you. Skies will be brighter, the way forward clearer and life will be once more filled with Christ for you.