I’ve discovered More to Be’s Transformed Tuesday. Along with a linkup, Elissa gives a verse for next week, so you can ponder and soak in it all week. I like having “an assignment” and I really love this week’s verse! Come visit if you can.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)
I read it in several translations, and as usual, different things jumped out at me.
The HCSB said “… as you believe in Him…” Not only is God the God of hope, WE must take and active role.
The GNT stressed, “… may God, the source of hope… hope will continue to grow…” Where do we get our hope? From God. “Abound” is not a word we use too much anymore, but I “continue to grow” makes perfect sense.
And the Amplified added “… joy and peace in believing [through the experiences of your faith]… abound in hope [bubbling over]…”
So the Auntie Em translation, piecing together all of these and adding my own insight, goes something like this:
Now may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace, believing Him not only because of what you read in the Scriptures and observe in others, but from remembering your very own personal experiences. This deep, heartfelt belief will cause your hope to be steadfast and continue to grow, until it overflows and spills on to those around you.
I wrote a post called “Got Hope?” back in October that goes along with this theme– go check it out if you missed it!