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ORBIT | WEEK NINE
ORBIT – DAY FORTY ONE
Hello and welcome to another week of Orbit, the daily devotional from the youth team at St Mary’s Reigate. Each day we give you just a brief insight into the Bible – and we hope that it’s helping you to build a daily rhythm of spending time with and thinking about God.
BIBLE READING – Romans 15 v 13
In recent days we’ve had some fairly long readings as we’ve worked our way through Paul’s letter to the Romans, so for balance, here’s a really short one. It’s a truly amazing verse though – one worth trying to remember:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
What are you hoping for right now? Perhaps now more than ever, we are having to hold onto our sense of hope about the future. There are so many things that we haven’t been able to do over the last 12 months – everything from being allowed to see and visit relatives to going to the cinema – that we’ve had to build up banks of hope-in-credit; lists of things that we cannot wait to do again.
But in a time of so much uncertainty, where false hope about the future has become a hazard of daily life, where can we draw hope from? Paul gives us the answer in this incredible verse.
Of course the answer is God – just like in any good Sunday school class – but listen to exactly what Paul says. He doesn’t say ‘may God give you hope’; he talks about “the God of hope.” Hope is what God is about – it’s part of who he is. He dispenses hope; he is the source of the best hope in the universe. Why is that? Because he always, always keeps his promises.
He promises that he will be our fortress, and our rock in times of trouble
He promises that he is faithful, that he will never leave us or let us go
He promises that in all things he is working for our good
and, he promises that we will spend eternity with him in a paradise without fear, pain or darkness.
And he always, always keeps his promises.
So Paul says: know who this God is – he’s the God of hope! And as you realise that, allow that same God to fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.
But wait – in this short verse, there’s even more! Paul doesn’t just want us to be filled with hope -but overflowing with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because what happens when something overflows? It spills out on to all sorts of other things and people. Hope – when it’s drawn from the source of all hope – is infectious. It spreads, and brings light into the lives of the people around us too. We’re not meant to keep this great hope to ourselves – but to become a great beacon of hope to a world that desperately needs some right now.
You might want to join me in praying this prayer.
God of hope – would you fill me with all joy and peace today as I trust in you, so that I might overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so for a world that is currently experiencing so much darkness, may I become a light. Amen
There’s now a chance for you to pray, or listen to God, or simply be still for a few moments.
Each day we will provide you with a simple challenge; something to do which helps you put this little thought into action. Here’s today’s challenge:
Today we’re going to give you a very practical way of being a hope-bearer to the people around you. Your job today is to be an encourager – to tell people that they’re great, to keep on going, even that they are loved by God. Find as many people as you can to send encouragements to in as many ways as you can. Spread some hope, joy and peace through your words today!
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We’ll be back with another edition of Orbit tomorrow. Thanks for taking part today!