“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
When we consider the Holy Spirit being poured out on God’s people (especially in the context of the prophets) we might imagine empowerment for some great spiritual task like telling a wicked king, “Thus saith the Lord,” or preaching to an angry mob, or writing to a far-away church a letter that eventually becomes part of the Bible.
In today’s passage, though, we see that the effects of the Holy Spirit go beyond the spiritually dramatic. Even daily life gets better when lived in the light of God’s glory. There are images of natural bounty where formerly fruitless fields produce in abundance. Peace and righteousness replace anxiety and evil, and the people who live there know quietness, confidence, and security. Don’t these passages make you sigh and yearn for it to be so?
It can be so. Jesus promised to send the Comforter. Ever since Peter preached at Pentecost, the Spirit dwells in all believers. The Holy Spirit is ours, not just for great spiritual things, but for provision and consolation in all of life.
Lord, pour out Your Spirit so that we can know peace and righteousness. May our lives reflect quietness, confidence, and security for Your glory. Amen