Romans 15:13 ESV
13 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.
There is a hope, a peace, and an excitement that comes with faith and knowing God. I want to try to stir that excitement up today with you.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many emotions flowing through our country right now—fear, anger, depression, helplessness just to name a few. With God, we can have renewed hope during these times. He is the only one big enough to handle all the heavy things we face today. He is bigger than any battle and we can trust Him with our lives.
There is excitement when you realize all the promises God has for us. Here is just a quick list with a few of these promises:
Protection. Psalm 91 is the perfect scripture for when we need to lean into God’s protection: “Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.”
Our eternal home. God has prepared a place just for us. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” This is exciting news! God wants us happy and healed from our pain. This life isn’t what it was meant to be, so he has created a new place for us where we will experience His presence and joy all the time.
Saved by Grace. Jesus has finished the work. He came and died for us so that we could have eternal life with him. Our lives are no longer hopeless. He wants to see every single person come to him and experience this free gift. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
I encourage you to make your own list of promises that get you excited. Once you have done this, praise God for all that is on there. He has the good news. The best news. We can live with hope because of this. We have a God that has overcome fear and depression.
MercyMe’s song “Almost Home” says it perfectly: “No more walking we’re running as fast as we can. Consider this our second wind.” This line shows the excitement of faith. When we are born again and living for God, it is just like a second wind. We can get back up if we’ve been knocked down. Yes, there may be times when things cloud over and we can’t see clearly, but God is with us and there to strengthen us.
We may never understand the cruel things that happen in this life, but we can trust in God’s plan and lean on Him through it all. The more discouraged we feel, the more we should dig into scripture, and the more we should praise God—then it’s the devil who can be discouraged.
Psalm 28:7 ESV
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.