July 8: hope

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner Jesus has entered on our behalf. Hebrews 6:19

Christian hope is not an optimism that things will probably turn out all right. It is not having faith in faith. It is trusting – and going on trusting no matter what happens – in the God who made unbreakable promises and will certainly keep them. Christian hope is looking ahead to the time when God will make the world over, completing the work begun in Jesus.

Anchor appears a few other times in the New Testament. But this is the only time  anchor is not connected to a boat and is not cast into the sea. This anchor reaches into the sanctuary – the place in the Temple where only the priests were permitted to go, the holiest place which represented the very presence of God.  This anchor is Jesus Christ. It is solid and secure. It is my lifeline to God. It’s up to me to see that I am tied to the other end of that anchor. When I am, hope is unshakable.

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