There’ll Be Treats

We’ve been looking at Romans 15:13, and seeing that those who trust in God will overflow with hope. Sometimes, in our daily discussions about Jesus, my wife and I imagine these biblical truths from Molly’s point of view. Molly is our trusty old golden retriever. This is her devotional poem. It’s called “There’ll Be Treats.”

It’s dark,
and I’m waiting
by the door
for my master
to return.

I wish
my master
would return.
When he does,
there’ll be treats!

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.

Loving Him and obeying Him, we suddenly discover that hope is really the direction taken by the whole Bible. Hope is the music of the whole Bible, the heartbeat, the pulse.

A. W. Tozer

The attitude of the Christian mind ought to be a cheery optimism, an unconquerable hope. “The best has yet to be” is the true Christian thought in contemplating the future for myself, for my dear ones, for God’s Church, and for God’s universe.

Alexander MacLaren

Niagara

God’s Word says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope” Romans 15:13

My glass was full,
full of dirty water.

But Jesus turned my glass over
and washed the water out.

Now He fills my glass
with living water.
Jesus fills my glass
with hope
and peace
and joy
and living water.

He doesn’t fill it from the faucet.
He doesn’t dip it in the well.

Jesus fills
my eight-ounce glass
from Niagara —
a million gallons
in a moment
overflowing
my eight-ounce glass.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.

So That You May Overflow with Hope

God’s Word says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope” — Romans 15:13

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven — and the future starts now!

Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of 1 Peter 1:3