Drifting, slowly, steadily on a boat across the sea. There is time for your mind to wander, wonder, and aimlessly go over those things in your life you wish you could change, enjoy more, or understand better. You have your favorite swimsuit on with your too cute for words cover up, sunglasses shielding your eyes, and your sun hat atop your messy tendrils of hair. Sometimes, you gaze out across the water and others you lay with your eyes closed processing your life. What thoughts are flowing through your mind? What are the details of importance you can’t dismiss?
Suddenly, you notice your hair blowing a little more fiercely in the wind as your boat begins to rock and sway. Darkness floods the sky and it is then that you realize there is trouble brewing. A storm is right on top of you! There is nowhere to go because you my friend are caught in the middle of the sea. Abruptly, you cast your eyes about seeking solace as your hands clench whatever they can to keep you steady. Those people around you are moving swiftly to gain some ground as you are caught up in the storm. You hear the captain yell, “Drop the anchor! Drop the anchor!”
The anchor is lowered, the boat is still being tossed to and fro, but it is now steady, because it is linking the boat to the solid ground in the depths below. Each beat of your heart begins to slow as it dawns upon your soul that he has just given you hope. A calmness in your spirit that defies the storm of hell breaking out all around you.
Did you imagine yourself in this scenario? I sure did. I like to word paint- paint pictures with my words that entice you so you are able to see beyond or deep within self. This is a short post this week, but great spiritual nourishment for us all. Every single day we are faced with decisions that catch us unaware. Life can be blissful, but it can also be a wild ride filled with ups and downs and curves galore. This is what I want to explore as we feed ourselves on a morsel from Hebrews chapter six called hope. Are you as excited as I am? Let us look a bit closer at the nature of hope.
Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and 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 you through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Heb. 6:16-19 NLT
We must have hope to build upon our faith, which is our active belief. Hope is basically, having an attitude filled with confidence that God keeps his oaths. Hope, faith, and love all work together and will last past the end of time.
Three things will last forever faith, hope, and love […] I Cor. 13:13 NLT
If this is so, then these three things will also strengthen and encourage us to press on when waves come. All these things are stronger together than they can ever be apart. We are not promised to be treated fairly. Hope is a certainty that God never disappoints us. We must have patience and know that in his timing the outcome is always us reaching the other side! He delights is showing mercy! The nature of hope is our anchor. When we are connected to God (the solid, firm, supportive, stable, ground) through hope then we can make moves in faith. Now, the waves, sea, and storms of life are all uncertain things. We cannot put our trust in uncertainty or unsafe waters.
I have always been slightly captivated by this hope. This hope that shines light in the dark places of our souls. This hope that allows us to grasp faith with a strength we did not know we had and not let go. A certain token of courage given us only as we stay linked to the Father. Hope links us to him the unbreakable anchor and faith allows our souls to stay fastened strongly to him fulfilling our hope! Wow!