~We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast~
During these turbulent times is there something we can hold on to help us not sink in despair? Whether it is in our personal lives or the dangerous world we live in how do we withstand and not succumb to the temptation of fainting in fear or seeking refuge in something that will ultimately destroy us.
Treasured reader, do we have something or someone that we can have hope in which can serve to keep us anchored while the winds of uncertainty, fear or grief threaten to overwhelm us?
From a Biblical standpoint, what is a definition of hope? It is a much more powerful word than what we usually think of when we think of it. For it is “2a) in the Christian sense joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation and the author of hope or he who is its foundation.” God is the author of hope and His trustworthiness is its foundation.
It amazes me that, although I have been a Christian for many years, the powerful and needful implications of the Biblical definition of hope have eluded me. For when we begin looking carefully at its use in the Bible and ask the LORD to make it real in our lives it will be life-changing.
~ We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast~ What glorious comfort this can bring a tormented soul! We can have a strong consolation or comfort when we flee for refuge during days when we are hurting or fearful! Our blessed God and His promises can be an anchor for our soul so that we will not be tossed around with every difficulty. We will be safe and secure within our haven of rest, our anchor secure, in Jesus, His promises and love.
But where or who do we flee to for our refuge, for our shelter, for our protection? It is to Jesus we must flee to receive the desired rest we long for. It is to Him, His promises, His word we must bathe ourselves in. Once we come to know and believe His loving-kindness, His mercy, His compassion, His understanding, we know we can flee to Him for refuge and comfort. We can open our whole being and pour out our hearts to Him. He longs for us to be truthful with Him and share even the worse of ourselves.
And what will we receive from Him when we flee to Him for refuge from life’s storms? A deep, abiding peace, joy and certainty that we are so very precious to Him. He will never condemn or judge the one who makes “The Most High God” their refuge. He welcomes us and longs for us to come under the shelter of His wings and...rest.
Hope. A strong confidence and joyful expectation that something wonderful is going to be given to us. The hope of Heaven. The hope of abiding forever with a kind, loving, merciful and gracious God.
Faith sees the haven, hope desires and anticipates the rest; faith works, and hope holds fast; and, shortly, the soul enters into the haven of eternal repose.
~Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ~
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Virgiia, this is so wonderfully written. Yes, in turbulent times our hope should always rest in Jesus who is our eternal anchor. Our whole life should be lived with our eyes fixed on that promise of eternity that our Saviour has promised us.