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.
Written by: Danielle Morgan
As we prepare for Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, we’re also reminded of His great sacrifice and the anguish Jesus experienced in the days and moments leading up to His death on the cross.
Although Jesus didn’t worry, we know He carried the weight of what was to come. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Many of us struggle with worry and anxiety on many levels due to situations we are walking through, but we can be comforted in knowing that Jesus understands and has left us an example of how to face challenging circumstances.
Whether your worry is caused from work or family stress, strained relationships, unforeseen circumstances, health issues, or something else, it is a heavy burden to carry. Christ wants us to be free from the weight of worry.
Consider that worry is rooted in fear—fear of the unknown and circumstances we cannot control. As believers in Jesus, giving these circumstances to God on a daily basis is truly necessary in order to live a life full of peace and break free from worry.
1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love drives out fear.” For me to let go of fear, it starts with God because “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
We must trust Him if we’re going to give him all of these things we’re holding on to, and then choose to believe that He is going to work it out for His glory and our benefit.
So, it starts with trust. And in that trust, may we be filled with ALL JOY and ALL PEACE, so that we are literally overflowing with the hope that comes from the Holy Spirit.
Thought of the day: What is bringing you worry today? Are there areas in your life that are weighing you down from the heaviness of worry and anxiety?
Prayer: Jesus, I give You ________. As I contemplate the weight of the cross and the sacrifice You made, I am beyond grateful that You paid the penalty for my sin. Help me to remember that my circumstance is completely in Your hands. I trust You and thank You for the outcome You are already orchestrating. Fill me with all of your joy and peace so that I may be overflowing with hope today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.