Abounding in Hope

From Lynda Lindsey 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even He who arises to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:12-13

For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Romans 16:18-20

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. II Corinthians 9:8

Fanny Crosby’s hymn, Blessed Assurance, is the story of all who name Jesus as Savior: “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine, heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.” God is hope, righteousness, and peace and God personally invests Himself in us. He is our hope, our righteousness, our peace. He’s our assurance, our certainty. God is Lord of all, Jew or Gentile, who call on HIm. God, a liberal and generous Father, abounds in every good grace and richly pours out His endless, inexhaustible supply of gifts on His children.

Yet, these gifts so lavishly given are not for our selfish use. God, able to make all grace abound to us in overflowing sufficiency, in all things, and at all times, does so with a purpose: that we may abound in every good work. God entrusts us with kingdom business! Imitate Jesus. Imitate Paul. Give, serve, tell, heal, preach, teach, put the interests of others before our own. Suffer. Die to self. Walk in resurrection power. Generously praise and give God glory. Invite the lost, the poor, the hurt, the sick. Invite the sinners, the unrighteous, the unworthy ones, for such were we, once.

God freely supplies everything we need. Scripture offers encouragement, strength, and patience necessary for endurance. The Holy Spirit’s life-giving power grants us joy, peace, hope, and courage. Prayer is the way of immediate access to God. Satan and his stranglehold of sin and death has been crushed. Made new, free from sin and death, we have an imperishable inheritance waiting in heaven, God’s faithful promise that Jesus will come again, and are surrounded by fellow believers for encouragement and strength. Blessed assurance! We do indeed abound in hope!