“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”
1 Kings 22:5
What an anchor is to a ship, hope is to the soul. They both stabilize whatever needs to be held steady amidst the storms in life. Every Christian has been given a secure anchor in the person of Christ… for the Bible says about Jesus…
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
We have all been “in the same boat” with cloudy thinking about hope. The common view of hope in our culture is quite different from Christian hope. If you live by cultural hope, you will have a boatful of wishful thinking, and what you hope for will sometimes happen … and sometimes not. However, Christian hope is based on the Bible—God’s unchanging Word. By patiently relying on what God says, you will have all the hope necessary with all the certainty you will ever need. The apostle Paul states the source of our hope …
“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
When we live with biblical hope, we have an anchored life. We are held steady in the midst of any storm. Because hope is often misunderstood, an accurate understanding of the meaning of hope is crucial. The Bible says that when your hope is anchored in God, He will teach you His truth and lead you in the way you should go. This prayer is yours to claim …
“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
The popular understanding of hope is quite different from the powerful truth about hope that is taught in Scripture. If you lean on the contemporary meaning, you will experience a hit and a miss. Sometimes what you hope for will come about, and at other times it won’t. But the believer’s hope is based on the Bible—the unchanging Word of God. When you feel unsure of yourself, the Scriptural truths provide all the security you will ever need. In them, you will find your hope.
The first thing to keep in mind is that this is not a feeling, rather it is a gift to you from God − hope is His anchor that He has already thrown out to stabilize your heart and life.
"For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
"I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
"Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety."