At this time of year, I see cards and ornaments adorned with the words "peace" and "joy."
"Joy to the world..." we sing.
"Peace on earth..." we hope for.
Both joy and peace acting as emotions can seem difficult to achieve. When circumstances seem to produce only disappointment and heartache, how can joy and peace abound?
"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 trust in Sovereign God, HE alone will fill us with joy and peace - despite our circumstance, no matter the things we face - we are able to overflow with hope. And HOPE gives us the belief that we can still anticipate, expect and desire more - something else - a change, regardless of our current situation.
If we lose hope, we lose the faith that keeps us expectant and, well, hopeful. While we wait, we can still be filled with joy and peace.
Joy - not circumstantial happiness. Deeply rooted in our faith in God, being joyful always - regardless of the situation.
Peace - being still before the Lord, experiencing His peace despite the storm that may rage around us.
Regardless of your circumstance. Despite your situation. May He fill you with joy and peace. May His hope abound in you, to the point of overflowing.