Romans 15:13 — May God, the source of hope, fill me with all joy and peace by means of my faith in Him, so that my hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit (NLT).
Recently, while making one of my breakfast spinach smoothies, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about the source of all hope. My smoothie is a great source of vitamins and nutrition. Now, if I decide to rub the smoothie on my face instead of drinking it, it is still a great source of vitamins. But I won’t benefit from those nutrients. And if my body doesn’t get enough of the right nutrients, it becomes more vulnerable to infection and illness.
I could complain to my doctor: “I took the spinach smoothie I made and rubbed it all over my face. I know it’s a good source of nutrition, so I don’t understand why I’m not well. What’s up with that?” I’m sure the doctor would quickly readjust my thinking.
It’s simply the wrong application of the right stuff. To benefit from the nutrients, I must drink the smoothie in order for my body to absorb it. It must get in me to work.
I believe the same can be said of well-meaning believers concerning the word of God and His presence. They have all of the right devotions, messages on podcast, and they attend church regularly. They’re essentially surrounded by the source of all hope. However, if they choose to rub the Bible on their face or place messages on their head, it won’t get into their mind and heart. They know where the source is, but are not filled with it.
Scripture indicates that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We are transformed when we hear the Word and apply it. To be filled with all hope, we must read, study, meditate on, and listen to God’s word day and night. Our bodies need proper daily nutrition in order to thrive, and our spirits are no different.
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