Imagine a clay pitcher in the desert being filled so full with water that it overflows, spilling onto the hot, cracked dirt. Now imagine that the dirt is a hurting person, parched, alone and in desperate need of hope, and you are the clay pitcher. Yes, God promises not only to fill you but also, through you, to quench the thirst of those around you if you trust in Him.
Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of Hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
- God is the God of Hope.
- He will fill us with joy and peace if and when we trust in Him.
- The result of trusting God and being filled with joy and peace is overflowing hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This reminds me of my less than stellar waitressing experience when I “overflowed” hot coffee onto a customer’s lap! It affected her alright but in a harmful, scalding kind of way. Fortunately, she was very gracious and I did not choose waitressing as a career! The point is whatever overflows from our lives, be it attitude or action, affects others. May you be filled to overflowing today with the peace and joy that can only come from trusting the God of Hope so that someone else may be drenched by the deep, abiding love of Jesus.