While reading these two things hit me: First, we must remember God is the source of hope. He has given us the tools to be full of peace and joy, so if we are not, we need to surrender and dive in. Second, it says, we are full of these things because we trust in Him. We must trust in Him and believe in who He is, so we are full and our lives aren't stuck in this world looking for the things it can't offer. In John chapter 14 verse 27 it says, "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." When we realize that our trust is shown by our obedience and the surrender of our will, we can make a lasting impression. It's not that we are saved by our obedience and surrender, it's that we will overflow with confident hope and our lives we be a light in the world.
It says in Revelation chapter 22 verse 7, "Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book." When we open the word and live it we are showing that we trust God and with that trust comes fullness of life for now and for eternity. When we say we trust but our desires keep getting in the way, we will alway struggle to have joy and peace. When our faith matures we will be complete needing nothing. It says in James chapter 1 verse 4, "For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." So I say trust in the Lord and be complete. Amen