By Trevor Bradley
Coming to work this morning, the radio talk show host was discussing a number of topics – the start of the new academic year for children, load shedding and low expectations for a better year economically. Hope is low and expectations are dim because of the year we had last year.
I met with someone yesterday and their cry was “ not another year like last year”. What are we to do as Christians? How are we to react to the ‘system’ we live in? If say I am different, it’s time I started living ‘the difference’.
There is a beautiful verse tucked away in Romans 15 vs 13. Listen to it and may the Holy Spirit wash His word over our hearts,minds and spirit today. ” Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy & peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit”.
Who doesn’t want a bit of that? HOPE JOY PEACE?
I want to start at the back of the verse, and say that we will not know and live this divine dynamic in and through our own strength. It has to, and will only come, through us coming to the Holy Spirit, admitting our powerlessness and asking Him to live His life out through us. And the fruits of that surrender will be HOPE,JOY and PEACE.
The verse hinges on 2 little words – “In Believing”. It is as I exercise faith. Today may we know what it’s like to live out that reality through the power of Him in us (Colossians 1 vs 27).