Hebrews 6:16(NIV) People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 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.

Hope is a healthy attitude that each of us need to embrace. Anticipating good brings comfort to the mind and heart. In contrast, a state of hopelessness is a terrible condition in which to find yourself. It’s overwhelming and depressing to think that what you may be facing cannot be changed or resolved. For the person who has lost all hope, life looks like a long dark tunnel going nowhere. I have been there and want to talk about it today!

Included in Proverbs is a verse that describes the result of this oppressive feeling: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12a). Emotional, physical, and even mental illness haunt a person who feels trapped in a bleak situation. But I want to tell you, my friend, that as long as there is a God, no situation is hopeless. In God, we have the promise of the second half of that same Proverb: 12b “But a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”! Yes you can say Amen…..

People of God have a hope that anchors their souls. Our relationship with Jesus Christ brings us close to the throne of heaven, where we can cast all our burdens before an omnipotent God. Moreover, we can cling to the Lord through whatever trials are facing us. Because of the Lord’s great love, He provides strength for weary bodies, peace for anxious minds, and comfort for grieving hearts. In short, He lights that darkened path and tenderly guides us through trying situations.

My friend Melinda Jimenez reminded me of this about an Anchor: An anchor was a popular image in the ancient Mediterranean world. In an economy that depended on shipping, the anchor symbolized safety and steadiness. The writer of Hebrews used the word to remind believers that God has given a hope that holds firm in any storm. Have a wonder-filled day!

Pastor James

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