READ ROMANS 13-15
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 NIV)
Trusting God isn't easy...sometimes we don't understand all the reasons why things happen the way they do. But The Lord promises us that if we trust Him--believe Him and obey him--He will fill us with joy and peace.
Here is one definition of joy:
"Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation." (Kay Warren)
Peace is often described as a lack of disturbance, but there are several kinds of peace--peace with God through Christ, peace with others in our relationships and peace through trials. And God is the source of all peace.
And as He fills us with joy and peace, He produces an abundance of hope in us so that we can in turn give hope to others!
How can you trust God more today in order to be filled with His joy & peace and overflow with hope?