We will never find joy or peace by looking within. It is in who God is, not in who we are, that we find rest and strength for our souls.
Looking upward to Him, we encounter hope.
I find that when my attention is stuck on myself, I easily get discouraged. On the other hand, when my focus shifts to all that God is for me in Christ, my soul soars. Perhaps, you can relate.
So, Who has God revealed Himself to be for all those in Christ?
He is The God of Hope
Romans 15:13 – “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.”
No matter where you are and no matter what is happening in your life right now, there is hope for you in Christ. Your God is the God of Hope! By the Holy Spirit, He can fill you with joy and peace that transcends your present circumstances. Because He is the God of Hope, you can abound in hope!
He is the God of Endurance and Encouragement
Romans 15:5-6 – “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Your God is the God of endurance, so He can fill you with strength to continue to run the race and not grow weary. He is also the God of encouragement. Look to Him and to His strength and you will soar like the eagle.
He is The God of all Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Your Father knows your pain, and He cares deeply. The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms (Dt. 33:27). There is comfort for you in the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is mercifully inclined to you in your weakness. He will not waste your pain, but will redeem it for your good and for His glory.
He is The God of Peace
Romans 16:20 – “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Yes, you are surrounded by turmoil, grief, and heartache. There is an enemy who is actively seeking to destroy your faith. In this world, you live at war. But your God is the God of Peace, and he will soon crush Satan under your feet. The battle wages on, but your final victory is secure in Christ.
He is The God of all Grace
1 Peter 5:10 – “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Whatever you have lost for the sake of Christ will be restored to you. Your sufferings will be followed by glory. Your God is the God of ALL GRACE! One day, the God of hope, peace, endurance, encouragement, and grace will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Take Heart: This is Your God!