Hope is an eager expectation of something good. Hope is always anticipating, even more so, it is joyfully anticipating a good outcome. It is more than wishing, it is more than positive thinking. Hope is an anchor for our souls.
During violent storms an anchor is often seen as a sailor’s last hope of riding the storm out. Anchors have long been symbols of hope, safety, and security.
We can place all our trust in Christ the “Anchor” who holds forever. No matter what storms come our way, we are anchored in the Word of God, in the promises He made. We have this sure hope that He will do what He says.
Hebrews 6:18-20 (New Living & Amplified)
Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence, mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement, as we grasp and hold fast to the hope that lies before us, the hope appointed for us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary, the very certainty of His Presence. Jesus has already gone in there for us.
In the midst of fears, doubt, uncertainty, confusion, worries, and the storms of our lives we can grab hold with both hands to the anchor we possess in Christ. In his promises and His faithfulness. A well grounded Hope that supports and keeps us steadfast, stabilizing our souls.
Even more than our anchor, hope is the key to the very door of God’s presence. It is our hope that leads us through right into the very presence of God. This inner sanctuary of His presence is where our power for living comes from. The enduring strength that is rooted in an enduring joy, all of which come from an anchor rooted in the sanctuary of God’s presence and in the immutable, unchangeable, sure, steadfast and powerful Word of God.
“Hope means that our heads do not bump up against the low ceiling of this world; hope means that the exhilarating, wonderful, and terrifying winds of Heaven blow in our ears. More concretely, hope is faith directed at the future. God is the object of hope…it is a definite response to God’s initiative…It is not just “I believe” but “I believe God.” It is not just “I hope” but “I hope in God,” the God revealed in scripture; I hope for all the promises God has given us. Christian hope is certain. God’s promises will come true; For God is truth in itself…” – Peter Kreeft