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“...This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, ...”
It’s been said that a person can endure anything as long as they have hope. Unfortunately the converse of this is true as well. People who feel hopeless lose the desire to keep going in the face of even minor obstacles.
In the Apostle Paul’s famous Love chapter (1 Cor 13), he ranks hope among the top three Christian essentials along with love and faith. Hope is fundamental to the Christian life and essential to running our race here on earth.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 we are reminded that even death is different for the Christian because our present mortality and our earthly lives are nothing in light of the eternal glory that awaits us. The scriptures refer to this as our “blessed hope”.
I love how the writer of Hebrews puts it. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, ...” Maritimers know the importance of a “sure and steadfast” anchoring. When the anchor is secure the crew of the vessel can rest secure. There is nothing more secure to place our temporal and eternal hope in than Christ!
Your circumstances may look bleak. Your life may seem hopeless. Are you at the end of your rope with no help in sight.
Can I encourage you to cast yourself unreservedly on Christ...? He cares for you. (1 Pe 5:7) If you would just dare to hope in him, he will not fail you.
“How precious the thought that we all may recline,
Like John the beloved and blest,
On Jesus' strong arm, where no tempest can harm,
Secure in the "Haven of Rest."
“I've anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest,
I'll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep,
In Jesus I'm safe evermore.”