Hope Casts Out Fear

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“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)

Having just been through a period of fear and uncertainty as to whether my back had deteriorated yet again in another area, I recognize how much I hold onto the hope that God gives me.

Fearing that my life might be spiraling towards another surgery, or just further limitations, I spent many sleepless nights and more energy worrying than I should have.

These verses remind me that no matter what the circumstances, I still always have hope. God has given us a hope that can fill us with joy and peace, because we trust all of the fears and problems to Him.

Now it looks as though the setbacks I was having are only temporary, so hopefully, not nearly as bad as I was envisaging during those pain-filled, wakeful nights. As I read these verses again today, I thought of how much mental and emotional effort I wasted in that worry, when I should just have been trusting in my God of hope.

It’s easier to acknowledge that wasted effort, than it is to change it at the time when I’m so focused on the current problem, but I want my life to be overflowing with hope and giving joy and peace, not only to me, but those around me as well.

Holding on to that hope that only comes from God, can mean that the fears I have for my future and the things that keep me awake at night, will not have such power over me.

I know that I will probably worry again the next time some physical setback occurs – I’m human – but God has promised to be there with me, whatever happens – and that gives me hope to face tomorrow.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the things God is teaching her as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography.

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5 thoughts on “Hope Casts Out Fear

  1. Fiona

    Your words speak the truth – at least my truth. Why do we always tend to worry about the things that God has in His control? But worry we do and I am so glad that my Heavenly Father is just waiting for me to turn to Him and release those worries and lean on Him.

    He has never failed me yet! Amen!!

    Praying for you,

    Heather

  2. Hi Fiona,

    Your honesty echoes in my experiences as well. I have fretted and worried anticipating who knows what only to find that God has gone ahead and paved the way.

    I thank Him profusely when my worries have been wasted time ( and repent ) and honestly tell Him I pray I have learned to lean on Him more in such times when uncertainty looms.

    Yet I must be a slow learner – or human as it seems to still be an area where I need to persevere. And as you write, He is the hope we turn to to try and do better. Than and His unconditional love that understands.

    Amen!

    Love,
    Lynn

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