Hope is that essential ingredient to a life of purpose and joy. Without hope, we give in to despair and hopelessness. With hope, we have an expectation of good to come. Our hope in God is an anchor for our very souls.
Hebrews 6:18-19 ‘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. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.’
We can have confidence because of God’s faithfulness. We need to run into the arms of the Lord and make Him our refuge in the storms of life. It is in this place of connectedness with God that we can enjoy GREAT confidence. We need to hold on to the hope we have in God, like our lives depend on it. In the same way that a survivor of a shipwreck would hold onto the lifebelt with all his might, we must hold onto the Lord. The Bible tells us that hope in God is an anchor for our souls. The interesting thing is that this anchor of hope connects us to God and to the eternal dimension. God is the source of all hope, and when we are connected to Him, we can have hope in our hearts.
DO NOT GIVE IN TO FEAR
Years ago we used to sing a song and the words went like this: ‘When you feel the urge within you, to submit to earthly fears, don’t let the faith you’re standing in, seem to disappear. Praise the Lord.’ I have thought about these words a lot lately. I am not sure under what circumstances these words were penned, but the author obviously knew the struggle with fear. He speaks about ‘feeling the urge’. Perhaps this is something we should become aware of. We should recognize the moment that fear lifts its ugly head in our lives and that is the time to react in our hearts. We cannot wait for fear to take root before we stop it. We need to stop it in its tracks and deal with it boldly. The words go on and speak about ‘submitting to earthly fears.’ I do believe that there is a choice to embrace fear, and in effect, submit to it, or reject it in our lives. Perhaps you have been feeling the urge within you to submit to earthly fears? Then it is time to stand up, take hold of your faith and choose not to go down that path, but rather to hold onto your hope and confidence in God, and begin to praise Him.
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