An anchor for the soul

“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
    My hope is in you. – Psalm 39:7

Maybe the better word for dreaming is optimism when it comes to confusing it with biblical hope.  Optimism comes in the form of positive thinking  – having a cheery disposition as you look on the bright side of things – whereas biblical hope is based on certainty and truth. Basing life on fantasy however ends up being of little value.  As people who represent the God of hope, we represent Him as people of hope – being certain of God’s promises.

Not only promises, what about His oath?  So we have a promise and an oath that secure our hope.

That hope now becomes our anchor.  The hope is an anchor because it is placed on God’s promise to Abraham and the oath that this promise would come to pass.  This is all set on Christ who is our anchor and when life wants to toss us or dislodge us from our place in Him, it cannot, we hold firm with certainty and in peace.  Think of a boat in open water or in a storm.  Nothing will keep it in place other than an anchor. The anchor is the only thing keeping it from drifting.  Hope is the anchor of our souls.

People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.  Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.  God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:16-20

Anchor [Lyrics] – Hillsong

Hope: The Anchor of the Soul




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