March 18, 2008
The NKJV says:
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The NIV 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 by the power of the Holy Spirit.
: notice these differences :
- believing and trust
- abound and overflow
I once said that believing leads to the act of trusting. Well, according to translators of the Bible, these words mean the same thing.
If you abound in something, say love or joy, it will overflow out of you because you are so filled with it.
And it is by trusting (or believing) that we are able to abound in (or overflow) with hope in God. For everything. In everything. Always.