Hope: The Anchor of Our Soul
"In the world you will have tribulation, but I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
Sometimes we go through difficult times in our lives. Like ships in a storm we can be tossed around by the wind and the
waves, needing help to remain stable. In old tall sailing vessels they had what was called a "sea anchor". This was a large sheet of canvas
that was tied on four corners with ropes which in turn was tied to the back of the ship and dragged in the water to keep it from being
driven by the wind. In the same way Hebrews 6:19 says that hope is the anchor of our souls. When we base our hope firmly on God and His
Word, it is possible to feel the wind and waves, but in the end, remain unmoved.
During the storm hope gives us the ability
to see things as they really are and yet be confident that something better is to come. God said in Jeremiah 29:11: "I know the plans that I
have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for your welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope." This hope is something very
special and powerful, powerful enough to bring clarity to our lives especially in times of difficulty. This hope will never disappoint and
this hope is our hope in Christ. Our hope in Jesus Christ together with our faith and obedience to His Word is the foundation on which we
should build our lives.
So I encourage you to stand firm in the grace given to you by your heavenly Father and say, "I will
believe God's promises for me and walk in the way of His plan for my life because my hope is in Christ. Win the battle, firmly put your hope
in God and your faith in the promises of His Word, knowing "that all things work together for good to all those who love God and are called
according to purpose." Romans 8:28
Find the peace of God.