May 15, 2020

Anchored in Hope!

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

With no end in sight of this global pandemic and so many who have suffered great physical and economic loss, it would be natural to begin to feel hopeless. Even the experts differ on how to interpret the science and data gathered daily that seems to change about as frequently! Where do we put our hope? There is only one unchangeable truth upon which we may put our hope. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT), “So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. …” Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT2)

As Christ followers, our hope in Him is like an anchor for the soul. It keeps us firm and secure through the storms of doubt, delay and disaster. Life is challenging but God says we are “… more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NIV) Like an anchor, His love and His promises are immovable and hold us firmly on course even when our lives are battered.

We see this truth illustrated in the life of Abraham. In Hebrews 6:15, the Bible tells us “Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.” When you do the math, Abraham was 75 years old at the time God called him and promised him a son. Isaac was born when he was 100 years old. Twenty-five years is a long time to wait. The time that lapses between when a promise is made and when it is fulfilled is the most challenging. As the years pass, doubt creeps in and makes us wonder if we really heard from God. Is He there? When will He fulfill what He promised? What do I do in the meantime? Hope can begin to fade. How long?

This is when you experience the anchor that holds you and keeps hope alive because the promise that was made to you was made by God. Verse 18 says, “… it is impossible for God to lie.” Are you experiencing a storm today? Stay tethered to the only hope that can keep you secure and steadfast.