How to Lay Hold of Lasting Hope
Hope: The Anchor for Your Soul
What an anchor provides for a ship, hope provides for the soul. Both provide necessary stability amidst the storms of life, something to hold on to should you find yourself floundering in the ditch of despair. Although the popular understanding of hope is an optimistic wish that something good will happen, Christians hope is based on God’s unchanging word in the Bible. By patiently relying on what God says, you will have all the hope necessary – with all the certainty you will ever need – because…
“…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” (Romans 15:4).
What is God’s Heart on Hope?
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. Christian hope is an optimistic assurance from God that something will be fulfilled. This hope is a guaranteed hope not subject to change because it is anchored in our unchangeable Savior and Lord.
Although the Bible uses the word hope in both the secular and spiritual sense, the focus of our Christian hope is always based on the guaranteed promises of God. Thus, this hope will never be a disappointment. As Christians, we are promised peace with God:
“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
What is the Upward Spiral of Hope?
If your life is anchored in Christian hope, you will never drown in despair. Swirling currents and pounding waves will offer you no cause for alarm. You are held secure in the hope of Christ, the master over both the storms and the seas. When you have Christ, you have…
- Contentment: You are able to be patient because of God’s hope within you.
“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”
- Courage: You are able to be bold because of God’s hope within you.
“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold”
(2 Corinthians 3:12).
- Confidence: You experience assurance because of God’s hope within you.
“You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth”
- Cheerfulness: You experience joy because of God’s hope within you.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
- Comfort: You experience encouragement because of God’s unfailing love for you.
“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you
- Conviction: You are anchored in hope because of God’s Word within you.
“May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word”
- Christlikeness: You are conformed to the character of Christ because of God’s hope for you.
“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”
Excerpt from June Hunt’s Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook: Providing Biblical Hope and Practical Help for 50 Everyday Problems (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2008), 219-220. This wonderful resource was given by Harvest House Publishers at this summer’s Tea at 3 event at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.