Romans 15:1-16

When we’re spiritually parched, we identify with farmers at the edge of their fields, pleading with the sky to yield some rain. Billy Crockett wrote “Drought” when the Texas Hill Country was becoming a desert. “I wondered if as a songwriter I wasn’t too,” he said.

Three drops of rain came today.
The ground was hard and cracked like clay.
One fell on the schoolhouse.
One fell in the lane.
One fell on my dirty windowpane.
Three drops of rain came today. 

There was almost rain today.
One tiny cloud with no plan to stay.
One drop on the mailbox. 
One fell in my eye.
Just as I felt it; it went dry.
There was almost rain today. 

Whenever our hope of being truly filled is running low, hear Paul’s blessing: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (v. 13). Paul pictures God’s Spirit filling our lives to the brim with peace and joy. What would it mean for our lives to overflow with joy and peace? 

Someone we know stands at the edge of their existence right now, longing for the reign of God’s peace. What if we embodied verse 5 on their behalf? May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another. Live in a way that lets them say, “A good drop of rain came today!” 

Consider

When we feel spiritually dry, what helps us remember that we worship a God of abundance?

Pray

Pray that the God of hope may fill you with enough joy and peace to share.



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