I often wonder why so many Christians settle for so much less in their walk with the Lord when God has planned abundance for us. Paul uses these two words “fill” and “abound”. There could not be any plainer meaning than “fill” and “abound”. I was speaking with a brother yesterday and today regarding a difficult decision he and his wife must make and how they would know the will of God in a matter. One option brought him agitation, distress and lack of sleep. After much prayer before the Lord, the other option brought peace, and the more they thought about it the more joy filled their hearts.
As we lean on the Holy Spirit for guidance, insight and wisdom, the more we will experience His power in doing the will of God. This will cause our future to “abound in hope”, not because He tells us everything that is going to happen, but because we have great confidence in God working “all things together for good” and for His glory (Romans 8:28).
How full is your joy and peace? Do you feel like there is little hope in your future? If your answer is less than “filled” or “abounding”, then I beg you to get in the presence of God and seek His face and His sufficient grace so your faith is strengthened and made firm in Christ.