Embracing a Confident Hope in Jesus

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT 

Does it make us sound like a broken record to say that the world is an uncertain place these days? Things are hard, and we know it. But as believers, we don’t have to rely on our own strength to get us through the day. Because we know Jesus on a personal level, we can feel confident hope for the future. We can walk into each day with the belief that He has made a way for us, and we can find joy and peace along the way.  

This year, the promise of confident hope in Christ is our focus. It is our solace from the difficult challenges that face us in the world. Because we believe in Him and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be filled with confident hope. 

God, the Father is the source of Hope.   

God, the Son is the means of Hope.  

God, the Holy Spirit is the power of Hope.  

God, three in One is the abundance of Hope.   


The Source of Hope: God, the Father 

The foundation of confident hope is laid in the acknowledgment of God as the ultimate source. In Romans 15:13, Paul begins his prayer by recognizing God, the Father, as the wellspring of hope. This foundational understanding establishes a connection with a divine and unwavering source that goes beyond our worldly circumstances. As we trust in God, the Father, we tap into a reservoir of hope that is not dependent on external conditions but is grounded in the unchanging nature of the Almighty. 

The Means of Hope: God, the Son 

Hope is not a distant concept but a tangible reality embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. The Son of God, Jesus, becomes the means through which hope is made accessible to humanity. His life, teachings, and sacrificial love on the cross provide a pathway to redemption and restoration. By trusting in Him, we discover a transformative hope that transcends our limitations and guides us through life's challenges. Jesus is not merely a historical figure but an ever-present means of hope, leading us into a future filled with promise. 

The Power of Hope: God, the Holy Spirit 

The journey of hope is not one we embark upon alone. In Romans 15:13, the role of the Holy Spirit is highlighted as the power that fills believers with joy and peace. The Holy Spirit empowers us to navigate life's complexities with confidence and assurance. It is through the Spirit's guidance and presence that we experience a hope that surpasses understanding. The Holy Spirit not only illuminates the Scriptures but also dwells within us, enabling us to overflow with confident hope even in the face of adversity. 

The Abundance of Hope: God, Three in One 

The beauty of Romans 15:13 lies in its revelation of hope as a triune experience. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit work in perfect harmony to provide an abundance of hope that is comprehensive and complete. It is not a mere wishful thinking or optimism but a confident hope rooted in the very nature of the Triune God. As we embrace the fullness of this divine hope, we find ourselves not just surviving but thriving in every season of life. 

Confident hope is not a fleeting emotion but a steadfast anchor in the character and promises of God. Through the Trinity—God, the Father, as the source; God, the Son, as the means; and God, the Holy Spirit, as the power—we discover a rich and overflowing abundance of hope. In a world searching for certainty, this triune hope stands as an unshakeable foundation, inviting us to trust, believe, and overflow with the confident hope that only the Holy Trinity can provide. 

The Bible is rich with promises of hope through Christ, offering comfort and assurance to believers in various situations. Here are some key Scriptures to go deeper on that highlight the theme of hope in Christ. Reflect on these words, meditate on God’s promises to us, and embrace a confident hope that can only be found in Christ. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." 

Romans 15:13 (NIV): "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." 

Psalm 39:7 (NIV): "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." 

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV): "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." 

Romans 5:5 (NIV): "And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." 

Lamentations 3:24-26 (NIV): "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." 

Psalm 71:14 (NIV): "But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more." 

1 Peter 1:3 (NIV): "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV): "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." 

Philippians 4:13 (NIV): "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." 

Psalm 42:11 (NIV): "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV): "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."