Not only is hope
word, but it is a life-saving word. Hope is vital to well-being. In order to glean the most from this devotional, take a moment to think about your hope: what it is, where it’s placed… What do you hope for? Hope in? You get the drift!
Webster’s dictionary [1913 Webster] says hope is
- a desire -- combined with expectation; a thing desired; to desire with belief in possibility of obtaining;
- One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good. Biblical hope
- That which is hoped for; an object of hope – [more as a wish].
God designed people with a need for hope. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
In the Bible, hope is unique and specific:
- Hope is one of the three main elements of Christian character that remain throughout eternity. Hope does not pass away. (I Cor. 13:13)
- Hebrews 6:17- 19 speaks of hope as the anchor of the soul. “ ...God, desiring even more to show to heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, ...in order that...we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us...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; having become a high priest forever...”
The original language of the New Testament is Greek, and it is a picture language. Hope [as used in the verses above] pictures a small inlet, quiet, and not directly exposed to upheavals of open waters like a sea. Even if, or when, the boat is out on the rough sea, its safety is secure because the anchor is tethered back in the quiet inlet. This verse says that our hope IS an anchor of our soul.
- Christians possess this hope – own the anchor.
- This anchor is a safeguard; it secures us in a quiet, safe place.
- It anchors our Soul,[soul—that part of us not dissolved at death, and is the moral being, designed FOR eternal, everlasting life].
- This anchor is sure, firm and certain: it can be trusted.
- It holds us in that safe, quiet place,
- Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13).
- Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). “The Blessed Hope”
- Christ gives us a living hope, a hope not frail and perishable, (1 Pet. 1:3).
Once again, consider where you place your hope?
Throughout the ages people struggled with the meaning of life. In the book of Ecclesiastes the writer wonders about the vanity and meaning of life. In Ps 39 David said, his life seemed frail and like a vapor, and he asked God to help him understand about life. At one point, he felt hopeless about his life. Then, in verse 7 he said, “…now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You!”
Ps 71:5-7, “You ARE my hope O Lord God; you are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth - - - you are my strong refuge.”
Make your choice now, like King David!
Ps 39:7 “And now Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You.”
By Anita Onarecker Wood, Christian Minister and Author