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.
Romans 15:13 NIV

My grandmother loved to tell the story of the melting ice cream. When I was 4 years old we walked to the corner store for my favorite ice cream cone. She said I walked slowly on the way back, proudly holding my cone. And I was leaving behind a long trail of strawberry ice cream.

            “Aren’t you going to eat your ice cream?” she asked.

            “Not ‘til I get back to your house, Grandma.”

            “Oh, dear! It will all be melted by then!”

            “But Mommy says I can’t eat anything until I wash my hands first!”

            Sometimes we follow the “rules of life” and still end up with an outcome we never expected. The life that you had may seem to be melting away because of rejection, disappointment, loss, or change.

            Do you feel life is very unfair now? Or, have you in the past?  Have you asked God how everything took such a sudden, devastating turn? Have you lost hope, joy, and peace?

            As children we are taught to color within the lines, stay within boundaries, and follow the rules. And as Christians we seek to be obedient to God’s principles, but sometimes we suffer because of the consequences of others’ actions. You may have done all the right things: forgiven, extended grace, prayed faithfully, remained loyal. But no matter how much you tried, many circumstances are just beyond your control. When others make ungodly choices we are deeply hurt by them. We desperately need to be filled with hope, joy, and peace once again.

In Psalm 69 David describes his emotional pain:

            “Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck. I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.I am worn   out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for    your help…Answer me because of your great love, because you keep your promise to     save. Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe…, safe from the deep water. Don’t      let the flood come over me; don’t let me drown in the depths… Answer me, LORD, in the         goodness of your constant love; in your great compassion turn to me!” (Good News Translation)

The God of hope desires to fill you with ALL joy and peace when you trust in him. Your life is not melting away; there is always hope when we trust God. He knows your pain and he offers overflowing hope for your future by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world.
There is nothing eternal in them.
Only love is eternal.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Konnie Viner

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