A Sign of Trust
Joy and Peace – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Romans 15:7-13
Key Verse: Romans 15:13
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.
Following up on yesterday’s devotional, let’s look again at the definition of “trust”: reliance on the strength, integrity, ability, surety of a person or thing (dictionary.com). When the Bible challenges us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, this definition of trust is the reason that makes sense. God is strength; God is full of integrity; God has unlimited ability; God is sure and steadfast!
All of us want what Romans 15:13 promises: joy and peace. However, these come to us only as we trust God. Let’s look at joy. How does trust bring about joy in our lives? Trust in a God who never fails relaxes us. Trust in a God who is full of integrity, fills us with confidence that He always does what is right and what He promises He will do. This reminds me of a perfect vacation; it allows me to relax and rest—everything seems right in my world. Vacations don’t last, but God’s presence and promises do. It’s obvious that joy is evident while we are on a perfect vacation. Joy can always be evident in a person who has learned to live daily with a deep sense of trust in God!
Don’t go on a search for joy—you’ll never find it. Go on a search for trust—joy will be the byproduct. Read God’s promises in the Bible; let them saturate your mind. As you take this journey of trust in God, joy will show up! (Continued)
Father, help me to grow my trust in you. Thank you for your many promises to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.