[13] may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. [romans 15:13]

today we’re going to get pretty simple and straight to the point. nothing fancy or complicated. challenging, maybe. but not complicated. as we talk about God being our comfort in affliction, i’ll ask this…

are you experiencing hope? joy and peace? do you want those things?

here’s the truth: God, through the Holy Spirit, is the one that provides hope, joy, peace, and comfort. we turn to other things, but he is the one that provides in abundance. so today, spend time with the one that provides. read this passage from john and be reminded of the source of living water. i encourage you to simply repent of the things you seek to find hope in other than Christ.

and ask God to fill you with joy and peace – that you may abound in hope.

[6] jacobs well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. it was about the sixth hour. [7] a woman from samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, give me a drink.” [8] (for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) [9] the samaritan woman said to him, how is it that you, a jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of samaria?” (for jews have no dealings with samaritans.) [10] Jesus answered her, if you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, give me a drink,you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” [11] the woman said to him, sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. where do you get that living water? [12] are you greater than our father jacob? he gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.[13] Jesus said to her, everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, [14] but whoever drinks of the water that i will give him will never be thirsty again. the water that i will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” [15] the woman said to him, sir, give me this water, so that i will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” [john 4:6–15]

~ keith kozlowski