Anchor of Hope
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil." Hebrews 6:19
Anchor is defined as something that serves to hold an object firmly in place. God’s Word reveals the anchor of life is hope. This hope becomes the anchor of the soul (mind, will, emotions). When the worldly winds and tides of doubt, fear, tribulation, trials or temptations we choose to believe cause us to drift from the path of our life. When we are in the midst of life’s storms, the anchor of hope serves its purpose by keeping us at rest.
Hope is a small word, but it is one of the most powerful. The Bible calls God, the God of hope; He is the ground work of expectation (Romans 15:13). The humanistic idea of hope is to wish, but without the certainty of getting what we desire. We wish for things to be different and for everything to go our way. Scriptural hope is a confident expectation of what we know is sure to come to pass based on the finished works of Jesus Christ. Scriptural hope says God can and God will!
Hope is a gift from God. Hope is not an escape from reality or problems, rather it is dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining. Hope is a life giving emotion necessary and important to effectively live with a sense of purpose. It keeps us focused, persistent and patient. Hope is a healthy attitude. It gives us courage to ‘let go’ of past hurts and disappointments and move forward with supernatural expectancy.
True hope is discipline, a determination to believe in God’s power and what He says in His Word, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us. The key to surviving any challenge is hope. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Take all we ask or think and surrender it to the Lord; He knows how to fulfill His promises told in the Bible and He knows the path for us to take (Psalm 62:5, Proverbs 23:18).
Rejoicing in hope is an attitude; a statement of our innermost being, knowing God is in perfect control and all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). We are to rejoice always, not allowing circumstances to cause rejoicing to cease (I Thessalonians 5:18). Rejoicing helps us to look through challenging times, knowing they are not permanent, but designed for building trust in the Lord and for new opportunities to unfold.
Rejoicing in hope is possible because we have the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:3). Lively-living hope is the choice to believe Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. Hope is the awareness of the Holy Spirit as our helper; the basis of our expectation to live in hope.
Do you have high hopes and expectation in God for your future? Or do you usually expect negative or disappointing things to happen, wondering what’s going to go wrong next? God doesn’t respond to negative attitudes or self-pity. He works through faith, but we need to have faith before we can have hope. We have all experienced hopelessness at some point in our lives. Regardless of who we are or what our situation, without hope in God, human life may exist, but it will not be alive.
Loss of hope changes our lives. We’ll shift from living in joy and creativeness to living a lie of sensual pleasure… over indulgence of food or alcoholic beverages, misuse of smoking or prescription medicines, over spending or excess entertainment. Seeds of anger, disappointment, hurt, discouragement, frustration, bitterness or resentment need to be released to the Lord. When we bury destructive seeds, we allow them to control our lives, they chip away at our hope, create more difficulties and eventually become physical pain.
God’s Word equips us to be over-comers (Romans 8:37). The apostle Paul describes ways of living above our circumstances…joy is found in Jesus, patience is from Jesus, tribulation is with Jesus, constant prayer is through Jesus to God (Romans 12:12). Even during difficult times, no matter what we may be facing, there is always a brighter future because our hope is based on Jesus Christ. God’s plans for us are exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
Heavenly Father, my hope is alive because You are alive in me by the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I know that because of You, I live in a quickened body that responds to people, life and events according to the truth of Jesus’ sayings. What a privilege it is to be a container and an expressor of Your life flowing through me. I say this to be so by Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!