The God of…

Now may the God of patience and comfort…the God of hope…the God of peace…” (Romans 15:5, 13, 33).

The Scriptures are full of various descriptors of God. “The God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13), “Jehovah provides” (Genesis 22:14), “The God of Bethel” (Genesis 34:7), “The Mighty One of Jacob” (Genesis 49:24), “The Holy One” (Proverbs 9:10), and many others can be found in the Old Testament.

In one New Testament chapter alone (Romans 15), Paul attaches four descriptors to the everlasting God. He who alone is wise and to whom there is glory through Jesus Christ forever is the God of…

Patience and comfort (v. 5). Because the contents of the Scriptures are intentionally de­signed to fuel our hope through its inspiring lessons of patience and comfort (v. 4), God clearly is the author and greatest source for your steadfast endurance and strength during life’s trials.

Hope (v. 13). Reality-based optimism and confident expectations about the future are grounded in God and His utter trustworthiness. A hope-filled faith is the perfect catalyst for joy and peace in a believer.

Peace (v. 33). The gospel of peace which brings glad tidings of good things (Romans 10:15) offers peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). In Christ, we are complete, reconciled to God, and no longer enemies (Romans 5:11). This glorious plan of gen­uine peace was conceived and implemented by the God of peace.

In human history, Jehovah is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many others. In the spiritual world, Jehovah is the God of patience, comfort, hope, and peace to all who are in Christ.

May the God of patience, comfort, hope, and peace be with you.

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