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Radiant and Alive!
July 21, 2022 by Nancy Ruegg
Thomas Jefferson gave us this bit of wisdom:
Note how the following authors demonstrate this most valuable of all talents:
“It is good people who make good places.”—Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
“Trials come to prove and improve us.”—St. Augustine
“Change always comes bearing gifts.”—Price Pritchett
Conciseness contributes to effectiveness, agreed?
In Romans 15:13, the Apostle Paul wrote a magnificent but concise blessing for the Christians in Rome. He brought together five key concepts of our faith—hope, joy, peace, trust, and power—in just thirty words or so, depending on the translation:
Whole books have been written to expound on each concept. But since this is a blog post, not a treatise, I’ll try to keep it short—and concise!
Our Christian hope is not wishful thinking; it is confident reliance on the sacred certainties of our Heavenly Father.
Paul calls him our God of hope because of his glorious attributes manifested in our lives—his omnipotent power, gracious mercy, continual patience, lavish kindness, and absolute reliability—to name a few.
And with statements of faith we can bolster our hope—statements such as these:
“God is kind and good, wise and powerful. All his attributes are always at work for my benefit.”
“God is accomplishing purpose in these circumstances, just as he always does.”
“He will bring me through this situation, and I’ll be a better person for it.”
Joy is not the absence of all misery and the presence of every whim; joy is found in the presence of God.
Sound silly? Talk to an old saint who has walked with Jesus many years—who’s felt the Lord’s presence surrounding him, heard God’s whispers in his heart, and experienced his guidance and provision again and again.
This saint will tell you: the pleasures of this life don’t begin to compare to the soul-delight of intimacy with God.
Peace is not found in circumstances; it’s found in a Person, the Prince of Peace. The better we know him, the better we know peace.
Tension decreases as we affirm:
He is completely trustworthy.
He knows everything; he’s in control of everything.
He takes pleasure in blessing us with all that we need.
He is with us to comfort, strengthen, and encourage.
Even in the midst of difficulty, we can experience his peace. In fact, it’s a promise.
It’s God’s part to work all things for good; it’s our part to trust.
The question becomes, What can I do to grow in trust?
The answer: express gratitude. “The foremost quality of a trusting disciple is gratefulness”.
So thank God, even in the midst of frustration, disappointment, heartache, and pain. “There’s a good God leading, working all things into good. It is safe to trust”!
The power to thrive does not come from within ourselves; it comes from the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do circumstances appear impossible to rectify? Think on the power of God. He scatters the stars in space. He breathes life into every creature. He provides everything necessary to sustain our little planet.
It’s that kind of absolute, unlimited power that will see each of us through every crisis until we’re home with him.
And so, in one concise verse Paul majestically highlights five pillars of the abundant life.
When we embrace the hope, joy, and peace that God offers, when we trust in him with expectancy and resolve, when we pray for his power to be released in and through us, our lives and outlook will become radiant and alive!
Doesn’t that sound like a glorious way to live?
Scriptures for further reflection:
Hope–Psalm 145:8-9; Daniel 2:20; John 5:17; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-4
Joy–Psalm 16:11; Psalm 71:5-8
Peace–Deuteronomy 32:4; 1 John 3:20b; Jeremiah 31:3; Philippians 4:19; Deuteronomy 31:8; Isaiah 40:29-31; Philippians 4:6-7
Trust–Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 9:10; 28:7; 112:7; Colossians 2:7; Psalm 110:4-5; 1 Peter 1:6-7
Power of the Holy Spirit–1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 8:3; Job 12:10; Psalm 46:1
 Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust, 24.
 Ann Voskamp, 1000 Gifts, 155.
 The last clause is based on Touchstone’s revised version (1995) of the J. B. Phillips’ translation for Romans 15:13.
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