It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I keep thinking about the hope that I cling to daily. Amid the fears and the uncertainties gripping our world daily, I have to keep reminding myself of the hope I have been holding onto for many years. This hope is like an anchor for my soul.
Each new day brings more information, another news conference, more opinions, more violence, more lawlessness, more hatred, accusations, slanderous attacks, betrayals, bad news, and rebuttals. Some days it makes you want to scream at the screen, “Will someone please tell me something good?”
There are days when I think I have heard everything, and then someone says something, and I realize I haven’t heard it all – yet.
It’s easy to get discouraged when all your information comes through a 3×5 device or a television set. There are days I have to turn it off and take a break, and I know others feel the same way no matter who you watch. For the good news, I go to my Bible.
Despite all the negative stuff, one thing hasn’t changed – it’s the reason for the hope that I have despite all the chaos.
What or who is the reason for the hope that I have when it seems the world is caving in around me? Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the reason for the hope that I have. He is the blessed hope, and in him, I trust.
Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.”
Romans 5:5, “and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Psalm 42:5, “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him for the help of his presence.”
It’s safe to say we have many reasons to place our hope in the Lord Jesus. This is good news! The Bible tells us we can and should. Notice it doesn’t tell us to put our hope in man. (Psalm118:8)
Have you watched the news lately? You have your answer.
Hope is like an anchor for my soul. Without hope, I would be depressed and full of despair. As I wake up each day grateful, I purposely seek the Lord, ask him to strengthen me for the day, give me wisdom and discernment, and search me for anything that isn’t of him.
I look forward to the Lord’s glorious appearance, and I believe we are another day closer to his return. And as I wait, I remain hopeful because he who promised is faithful.
A close friend of mine painted this picture for me a few years ago, fitting for today’s devotional. She did a great job!
Oh Lord, thank you for the hope you offer each one of us through your word. Father, help me to remember whose child I am. Lord I thank you for love that never fails or gives out. Strengthen those who love you and seek your face daily. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Stay anchored to the hope – Jesus.
Blessings to you!