I’ve always loved Hebrews 6:17-20, particularly in the Amplified, where it says “This hope [confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]…” When there is a storm above the water, the anchor goes deep below the water where it is still. The anchor holds the boat in place even though it might get tossed around a bit. But, why is the Bible so specific in saying our hope in God is the anchor for our soul? I was excited to see what God showed me about this today.
First, when we were saved, our spirits were immediately brought back into perfect relationship with God. However, our soul (mind, will and emotions) goes through a process of transforming to God’s way of thinking and acting. When we go through a storm in life, it is easy for us to fall back into our old mindsets and be moved emotionally by what we see. We need an anchor to keep our soul (mind, will and emotions) grounded in the correct way of thinking and acting in those circumstances. That anchor pulls us back to the Word, our sure foundation (2 Timothy 2:19), when the storm tries to pull us away.
Second, we learn in James 1 and Hebrews 10 that it is critical to be consistent in our hope (faith) and it is that consistency that positions us to receive what grace provided. When we are anchored in something, we are locked in and immovable. Anchoring our soul in the same place…the right place, which is God’s Word is where we will find the victory.
Did you ever notice that no one hopes that something bad will happen? Hope is always associated with good.
We hope to get a good grade on a test or hope that we get the job promotion. We hope that we have money to pay off the mortgage or hope to be healed. The Bible brings hope to people because it is the good news that tells us the good things God has done for us. This is why Romans 15:13 tells us that God is the author of hope.
Now I'm sure you've heard people say they are "hoping and a praying" that something will happen. Unfortunately, in these cases, hope is defined as a wish that may or may not come true. It isn't based on any facts or a guarantee. The true meaning of hope is favorable and confident expectation. It is . . .
A Guaranteed Outcome
A Done Deal
So, how can you be confident that something will happen?
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast to our hope because God is reliable and faithful to His Word. We learn in I Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13 that God can be depended on and is trustworthy. That means what God said in His Word He will do.
I encourage you to take some time and write down the Bible verses that you are placing your hope in. Meditate on them each day. Speak them over your life. Let that hope build and nurture your faith and watch expectantly for great things to happen!
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