We have had our share of leaks recently. But this last one was a mystery. The water was continually beading up through the slats of our newly-laid floor and quickly deforming it. There was no way to find the problem except to remove the sink and toilet. Unfortunately, the floor had to be replaced, all because of a small, hidden and persistent leak.
Our verse for today talks about being filled with joy and peace. Our God is a God of hope. Because of His love and plan for His children, we can wait with confidence for all that is ahead. Because of hope, He fills us with joy and peace. We can experience that sense of joy and peace when we are in a place of trust. In being filled with these sometimes elusive qualities, we overflow with hope!
Unfortunately, there are leaks when levels of joy and peace slowly diminish. It can be a slow leak that can go unnoticed for a time. But eventually, we no longer overflow with hope. The pressures of life work on us and we struggle through, but without that joy and peace we had. Before long, we find ourselves questioning God’s goodness and becoming cynical.
Those leaks happen when I do not trust Him. When I try living life by my own strength and resources, without depending on Him, my joy and peace slowly leak away. It is no mystery that I am not living by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you Lord, for being trustworthy and filling me with hope! Keep me leak free!