Hope in Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:19

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. – 1 Corinthians 15:19 NIV

Are the dead raised to life again? Or is this life all that there is for us? The church at Corinth was struggling with this question. And Paul emphatically affirms to them that Christ has been raised from the dead. And that those who belong to him will also be raised from the dead.

The importance of our coming resurrection is hard to overestimate. As believers, we are called on to deny ourselves the pleasures of this world, looking forward instead to a future in heaven in the presence of God. But if in reality there is no resurrection, then we are of all people, most to be pitied. To turn our backs on this world, and all it offers, for a non-existent future is foolish.

But Christ has been raised from the dead. And his resurrection points to our future resurrection as well. And because there is a resurrection, our hope in Christ is real, it is not in vain. In the end, those who have lost their lives for Christ’s sake, will find a new, and eternal, life in him. What we gain is infinitely greater than what we lose.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3

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Overflowing Hope through Joy and Peace – Romans 15:13

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 CSB

This doxology at the end of the doctrinal section of Romans is in the form of a prayer. A prayer for the believers in Rome, as well as for anyone else who reads these words. Hope is the focus in this prayer; that the God of hope would cause us to overflow with hope. But Paul does not directly pray for hope. Rather he prayers for what will produce hope within us.

The first step in this process is that we believe in the God of hope. We should not expect God to do anything for us if we are not walking in faith. Paul prays that as we believe, God would fill us with all joy and peace. Joy and peace come, not from external circumstances, but through relationship with God. We can have real joy and real peace only when we are walking with the one who made us. But all too often we allow the troubles and cares of this world to intrude, dampening our joy and peace. Seeking to have God fill us with joy and peace is not a one time request. It should be the ongoing desire of the believers heart.

The end result of being filled with joy and peace is that we will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hope is not just a wishful desire. Rather it is a confidence in what God has awaiting us. And that hope grows in the soil of joy and peace, tended by the Holy Spirit. If your hope is weak, seek the joy and peace God will give to those who believe. Then you can know overflowing hope in your life.

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The Marriage of the Lamb – Rev 19:7

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7 ESV

This chapter marks a turning point in Revelation as both Babylon and the kingdom of the beast are destroyed. Even more exciting is the first picture of the marriage of the Lamb and his Bride. Who is this Bride? I believe it to be the Church, redeemed and purified by the blood of the Lamb (Eph. 5:25-27). The Bride has been through the fire (1 Pet. 1:6-7) and endured (Heb. 12:1-3). And now it is time to rejoice and exult and give God the glory.

While the book of Revelation is generally thought of as describing conflicts at a global scale, it is also possible to see it as a picture of the Christian life in conflict with the forces of spiritual wickedness (Eph. 6:12). When as a believer you find yourself facing trials and challenging times, and you wonder if it is worth it, just read the back of the book. We can rejoice now, not because what we are going through is good, but because it is preparing us for something that is beyond good, for our union with Christ. Look ahead to that (Phil. 3:13-14), stand firm (Eph. 6:13), and rejoice (Phil. 4:4).

Being Like Christ – 1 John 3:2

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3 ESV

I really like this passage. If, like me, you have ever wondered what we will be like in heaven, this passage has the answer for you; we don’t know, it hasn’t been revealed to us. That answer may be disappointing to you, but John goes on to say that we will be like Christ, because we will see him as he actually is. We should avoid the mistake of thinking that we will becomes gods, but in some real way we will become like him. While I don’t know what that will be, I do eagerly look forward to it. John goes on to say that those who have this hope should even now be preparing ourselves by removing the impurities of our lives, striving for holiness. After all, what does this life have that is worth comparing with being like Christ (2 Cor. 4:16-18)?

Faith, Hope, and Love – 1 Thessalonians 1:2

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2 NIV

Our faith, love, and hope are not something that we should keep tucked away on a shelf, bringing out for a few hours on Sunday. Rather, they should be exercised daily so they grow stronger. We should be known as people of faith, of love, and of hope.

Hope

Hope is a word that is used frequently in the New Testament, with at least a couple of different uses.  Sometimes it is used in the sense of something that we want to happen but have no assurance of, which is how we commonly use this word today.  But other times it seems to have a much different meaning, a confident expectation of something that lies in the future.  And in that sense, hope is a key concept in the New Testament, yet one that most believers I have encountered seem to struggle with.

Implicit in hope is that we are dealing with something that has not yet happened, or at least that it is something that we do not currently recognize as having happened; it is something that I am looking forward to.  Paul expresses this idea in Romans 8:25 when he talks about waiting patiently for what we are hoping for, what we do not yet have.

In Ephesians 1:18 and 4:4, Paul talks about the hope that we are called to.  As believers, we are not called to hope, but to a hope.  Hope can be a kind of vague thought about what the future may hold.  But we are called to something much more specific that than.  And knowing what that hope is, will help us to keep our focus during this phase of our life.

What is our hope?
So what is this hope we are called to?  When I ask this question of other believers it often amazes me the silence I get in response.  Most will eventually get a response out, but it is apparent that it is not something that they are eagerly anticipating.  It seems rather to be something that is so far removed from their daily lives that it has little impact. But it is clear from reading the New Testament, especially Paul, that this hope was a major motivating factor for his life.

It is not uncommon to hear believers talk about salvation as an event in their past, the specific time when they surrendered their lives to the lordship of Jesus.  But it means so much more than that.  The New Testament talks about salvation in a present tense, work out your salvation, as well as in a future sense, now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Paul tells us to put on the hope of salvation as a helmet.  We will be delivered, or saved, out of this corrupt and failing body and world, and we should hold onto that expectation as a helmet, protecting us from the struggles and trials of this life as well as the pleasures and distractions of life here.

In Acts 23:6 & 24:15 Paul expresses his hope as concerning the resurrection of the dead, that his life here is not the end of the read, but only a step along the journey.  He also expressed this thought in 1 Corinthians 15:19, that this life is not all there is; if it was, we are to be pitied.  While resurrection is not all of the hope I have, it is a critical part of it.  Without resurrection, when I die in this life, it is over; there is nothing to look forward to.

In Titus 1:2 & 3:7 Paul expresses our hope as concerning eternal life.  Resurrection does not just lead to another temporary step, or series of steps, that eventually come to an end.  Instead we look forward to an eternity in fellowship with God.  Often we think of eternal life as simply living forever; but Jesus defines it in John 17:3 as knowing the Father and Jesus Christ.  Eternal life is not simply living forever; it is living in relationship with our creator and God.

And finally, in Romans 5:2 & Colossians 1:27 we see the expression hope of glory.  I am looking forward to experiencing the glory of God, and not merely as a spectator.  My experience with the glory of God will be very personal and first hand as a child of God and in intimate communion with him.

The hope of salvation, the hope of resurrection, the hope of eternal life, and the hope of glory; all of these are really aspects of the same hope.  Death in this life is really the entrance into the life that God is even now preparing me for.  I do not know nearly as much about that life to come as I would like to.  But I look forward to it with confident expectation.  And that expectation should have a dramatic impact on life today.  The more I look forward to that day, the more it will effect today.

What difference does it make?
If I have no hope for the future then I might as well enjoy this life to the fullest (1 Corinthians 15:3).  But as believers we do have that hope, and it should impact today.  If it makes no difference to the way I live today, is it really hope?

Colossians 1:3-6 describes two impacts that our hope for the future has on our today.  The first is that it enables me to have faith in Christ.  Sometimes there is some overlap in faith and hope, but here I believe Paul is saying that because of the hope we have, we are able to walk by faith today.  I can trust him now because I know he has my future.

The second impact mentioned in this passage is that I am enabled to love my fellow believers because of my hope.  Because we share a common hope we are drawn together.  And because we will spend eternity together, it behooves us to learn, not just get along, but to be one in heart and mind.

The author of Hebrews (6:19) describes this hope as an anchor for the soul; an anchor that is in the most holy place where God dwells.  No matter what storms of life may blow, that anchor will not drag and will keep us secure.  There are many things in this world that we might be tempted to put our hope in, but all of them could let you down and cause a shipwreck in your life.  But if our hope is in God and what he is preparing us for, then we are secure.  Even if we lose everything in this life, it is nothing compared to what is to come.

In Peter’s first letter (1:13) he tells us to set our hope fully on the grace to be given us, and to do it with minds that are fully alert and sober.  The hope I have should not be something I keep on a back shelf and just pull out when I need a little boost.  Rather, it should always be at the front of my thoughts.  If that hope is ever before me, the tendency I have to get caught up in the things of this world would be tempered by the recognition that they are only temporary, and at most a faint imitation of what is to come; nothing to hold to or trust in.

One of the challenging things in life is dealing with the death of someone close to you, and for me that has been my parents.  But because of the hope that we all shared, even though I miss them, I was able to rejoice that they are, as my dad frequently said, “Safe in the arms of Jesus.”   1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us not to grieve over those believers who pass before we do, knowing that death in not the end, but rather a transition into something even better.

My hope should not not keep me from living in this world and making a difference.  But it should help me to keep from getting to attached to the temporary things of this life, and to put my trust in what God is preparing me for.  All the little things, and sometimes bigger things, that trouble me during the course of a day will not have nearly as much impact on my life and attitude if my hope is set where it needs to be.  All that goes on in this life is not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

All passages below are from the NIV

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Acts 23:6
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”

Acts 24:15
and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Romans 5:2
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

1 Corinthians 15:19
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:32
If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Galatians 5:5
For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Colossians 1:3-6
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people — the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.

Colossians 1:23
if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Colossians 1:27
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

Titus 2:13
while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Titus 3:7
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

What To Do While Stuck On the Ground – Philippians 1:20-24

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Philippians 1:20-24 NIV

I have met few Christians who did not talk about looking forward to heaven.  They look forward to being reunited with family and friends as well as being freed from physical ailments that trouble them now.  But I have met few who were ready to go today; and most of them were weary of life here because of the ravages of age or disease.  Mostly we seem to want to enjoy life here as long as possible before facing what is for many professing Christians, an unknown and uncertain future.

An unknown and uncertain future?  Really?  While few of us would likely admit that, it does appear to be what we actually believe.  If we were convinced that it was real, and as wonderful as we say, would we not be much more eager to go; and to go now?  Instead we seem to hold on to that hope as something only to be used once we have wrung every last drop of life out of our time here.

But Paul expresses something entirely different in this passage.  Rather than something to hope for when he has used up this life, Paul expresses that leaving this life, and being with Christ, is much the preferred condition.  The only thing holding Paul back is the knowledge that God still has a task for him to accomplish here.  But even while he stays to accomplish that, his heart is in heaven with Christ.  He is yearning for that, just like some yearn for a long awaited vacation or other special event.

What is also unique about Paul, and what I like best about this passage, is his focus while he is waiting to be called home.  If he is to left here, it will be for fruitful labor, something that will be beneficial for the believers he would be leaving behind.  For Paul, the only reason he has to be stuck here on the ground is because he can still make a difference in the lives of those he has contact with.  And you can bet that was what he devoted every waking moment to; making a difference for the kingdom.  What an example he sets for all of us who call on the name of Christ.

I can just hear the Father greeting Paul when he finally stood before him: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:21)”.

A Living Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-9

The epistle of First Peter is traditionally attributed to the apostle Peter, although many modern scholars dispute that today.  Regardless of the human author though, it is a very inspiring letter; and one filled with encouragement for believers who are suffering for their faith.  While not many of us in the US actually suffer for our faith, this letter is still very deserving of our study and meditation.

The introduction to this letter addresses it to God’s elect, those he has chosen to be his.  No reason is given here for why God chooses us, apart from his foreknowledge; God knew us long ago and has chosen us.  Following this introduction the letter reviews where we stand with God, and the reason we can face challenging times with confidence.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV

This passage starts with a word of praise for what God has done for us.  And note that it is not something he did because we were deserving of it; rather it was because of his great mercy.  Because he has compassion on those he has chosen, God gives us new birth.  New birth implies starting afresh.  What we were and what we had to look forward to are left in the past.  God has transformed us, making us new, giving us both a new hope and an inheritance.

A Living Hope

As God’s chosen ones, he has given us birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Vines Expository Dictionary defines hope as a “favorable and confident expectation”.  What is this hope?  Given the context, I believe it is referring to to a confident expectation that we will share in Jesus resurrection, knowing that where Jesus is now, we will someday be.

That this hope is living would seem to mean that it is not something that I have put on a shelf to pull down someday.  Rather it is an active part of my life now.  Does it make a difference in my life now that Jesus rose from the dead, and that I can expect to follow him?  If it does not, then is it really a living hope?  We all know that life in this flesh is short; but my hope is in a life that will not end.  Why live as though this life is all I have?

An Inheritance

He has also given us birth into an eternal inheritance.  We often think of inheritance in conjunction with the death of the person leaving the inheritance.  But here, the only death is, in a sense, ours.  Having a new birth implies that we died to the old life, and in this new life we have an inheritance that is awaiting us; awaiting us until we indeed die to this life and enter into heaven.

This inheritance can never perish, spoil or fade and is safely kept in heaven awaiting us.  It does not need polishing or dusting.  It is not at the mercy of an investment broker and the economy.  It will not go out of style or spoil.

It is really easy to get caught up in the here and now, focusing on the temporary and volatile things that surround me and make up my life now.  But I have something waiting for me that is so much better.  I have no reason at all to be concerned about the little I have now.  No reason to hold onto it so tightly.  No reason to fear losing what I have here.  None of it will last.  None of it is worth taking with me.  Something much better is waiting.  Let go of the cheap trinkets of this life and embrace the glorious inheritance that awaits you.

Shielded by God’s Power

We have new birth, a living hope and a glorious inheritance.  But we still live here in this world.  And the people of this world are not generally fans of Gods chosen ones.  Life can be hard: we face all of the difficulties that come from living in this world, as well as the challenges presented by people who take offense over those with a living hope, who look forward to a glorious inheritance.

But we are assured here that God’s power serves as a shield to protect us while we are here.  Many would like to apply this shield to every aspect of our lives, but I do not believe that is appropriate.  God’s people face hurricanes along with everyone else who lives along tropical coastlines.  All of us are equally at risk from disease and drunk drivers.  I believe Paul explains this shielding in 2 Timothy 1:12: “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”  Paul had entrusted his eternity into God’s hands, and was convinced that God’s power would be a shield around him until he ultimately stood before God.

There is another interesting aspect to this passage here, and that is the role of faith.  I believe this is also explained in the 2 Timothy passage: Paul had entrusted something to God and was convinced he would guard it.  Paul, through faith, had given himself to God, and in faith believed that God would guard, in spite of what was going on around him.  We can be assured that God will guard what we entrust him with.  Will you trust him with yourself?

The Refiner’s Fire

Do you ever find your surprised, and a bit discouraged, when you find yourself in the midst of challenging times?  Somehow many Christians have developed the feeling that God should shield them from all of the owies that life throws our way.  And so, when something unpleasant comes along, they are left to wonder why.

But it is unrealistic to expect that your life as a believer will be a bed of roses, nor is that really even a desirable goal.  We are told here that we may well have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  Some of these trials come simply because we live in this world, while others come about because of the worlds opposition to Christ.  But however they come, we can rejoice because of the hope we have and the inheritance we look forward to.  As Paul says in Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Rather than moaning about what is happening now; look ahead to what is to come.  The present cannot begin to compare with our future.

Peter then compares our trials to a refiners fire.  I have never seen gold refined, but I did use to watch my dad as he prepared lead sinkers for fishing.  He had a small pan he put on the stove and added lead to the pan.  The lead would melt and he would scrape off the dross from the top before pouring the pure lead into molds for his sinkers.  I understand that the same process is used for gold: it has to be taken to the boiling point before the impurities can be stripped away.

But instead of gold, it is our faith that is being refined here.  How do you respond to difficult times?  Do you collapse or do you persevere?  Persevering is a demonstration of the genuineness of your faith, and is the desired outcome of the testing times.  Those challenges should lead us to trust ever more in our creator, and ever less on the temporary things of this world.  Instead of dreading the refiners fire, we should welcome it because when our faith is proved genuine, it results in praise, glory and honor in the end.  Hang in there during life’s challenges, and rejoice in what they are accomplishing in your life; getting rid of the unimportant, and preparing you for a wondrous “Well done, good and faithful servant!

An Inexpressible and Glorious Joy

The return of Jesus is still in our future.  Those of us living and following him now have never seen him, either in the past or the present.  But not seeing him with my eyes does not prevent me from believing in him, and loving him.  The world will scoff at faith, because it seems foolish to them.  Yet the foolishness of faith brings me into God’s presence.

What is the goal of faith?  It lets me know God.  But the end result of faith is the salvation of my soul, the “me” that inhabits the shell I walk around in now.  I find it interesting that we are even now receiving the salvation of our souls.  It is not just something to look forward to at death, or at Jesus return.  But even now that goal is being accomplished.  The more I come to know God, experiencing his presence in my life; the more I experience the refining of my faith through the trials of this life; the more my soul is delivered from the bondage of this flesh and into the glory of his presence.  And that should fill me with a glorious and inexpressible joy.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

An Anchor in the Midst of Change- Hebrews 6:19-20

Change is oftentimes hard.  But it is also necessary.  Without change we would not have life.  Sometimes we embrace change.  Other times we resist it.  Sometimes change is good.  And sometimes change is less than good.  But no one can escape it.

We encounter change in many different ways.  My body changes food into energy.  My body goes through almost continual change from conception through decomposition.  My relationships with parents, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are seldom static.  My job changes over time, as does my home, and the wilderness that I enjoy.  My understanding of the world around me changes over time and with additional knowledge.  My country changes due to elections, demographics, an increasing reliance on government, pressure from the world without.  Change is all around us.  It is hard to look at something, apart from God, that is unchangeable.  So why do so many resist it?

Now I am not a psychiatrist, nor do I have any training in the field; but that does not mean I have no opinion.  So here’s my two cents worth; hopefully it will be worth at least that.

It is probably incorrect to say that any healthy person is resistant to all change; and probably enjoy change in some areas.  More properly, many of us are resistant to change in some specific area(s) of our lives.  There is so much change going on around us, and with the rate of change growing, that it can seem like I am being swept along a swift stream, out of control.  Having something unchangeable in my life can act as an anchor, giving me some sense of stability.

That anchor may be a spouse, a job, the church or some social organization.  While I may not be happy about all the change going on around me, that anchor provides stability that helps keep me grounded, preventing me from being swept off my feet and drowned.  It gives me a comfortable place to retreat to, a place where I know what to expect, a shelter in the storm.

But what happens when that anchor loses it grip: the spouse dies; the job is lost; church life is disrupted, the economy crashes and your retirement is lost, etc?  Is your life thrown into turmoil?  Or do you have an anchor that will not drag, that remains secure regardless that happens around you.

19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV

The author of Hebrews here refers to an anchor for our soul, one that is firm and secure; it will not drag even during the most violent storms of life.  This anchor is hope.  Not a wishful hope; but an earnest expectation.  It is an assurance that regardless what might happen to me here, God has prepared something much better for me and will see me through to it.  No matter how much the world around me may change; no matter how much relationships may change; no matter how my own economic or social condition changes; one thing never does.  I have that hope as an anchor for my soul, preventing me from being swept along with the torrent.

Do you have an undraggable anchor to sustain you in the uncertainty of this life?

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