A Glory Seed Devotional
Hope as an anchor and as God’s breath…
Hope is the groundwork for the future. Hope is the invisible substance of God. Hope is the active ingredient that the promises of God while yet unfulfilled stand as an ensign to the present, future, and beyond. Hope written out in words looks like this…“I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.” (Genesis 17:7, CEV)
The writer of Hebrews expounding of hope writes. “God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls. In fact, hope reaches behind the curtain and into the most holy place. Jesus has gone there ahead of us, and he is our high priest forever, just like Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18–20, CEV)
Of all of hope’s enemies perhaps the most dangerous and deadly one is the misguided hope that swells up inside when what we see tries to overshadow God. In spite of our belief in God’s ultimate sovereignty when we find ourselves facing impossible tasks misguided hope blinds us to the fulfillment of God’s ultimate promise.
The writer of Hebrews goes on to tell us that hope is a “steady anchor for our souls.” One thing we must never forget an anchor is only as good as the ground holding it. Anchoring ourselves to the misguided hope that we are responsible for doing the impossible is like expecting a 10 pound anchor in sand to steady an aircraft carrier in gale force winds.
The ultimate display of hope is written in the life and death of Jesus who endured everything humankind threw at him yet remained faithful to his calling and role as God’s Son and our Savior/Advocate. The Anchor of our Hope is illustrated in the undeniable fact that God not only reached behind the curtain and tore it to shreds but also reached behind the rock and breathed new life into a dead Jesus. In addition to experiencing Hope as an anchor we also experience it as the breath that gave Jesus new life, the breath of Hope God breathes into each of us.
My good friend Robert Campbell always said, “Keep Hope alive.” In the process of keeping hope alive we must ever ensure that the hope we keep alive is anchored firmly to Jesus, God’s Rock, anchoring ourselves to the rock of Gibraltar just will not do.
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”