Hope as an Anchor
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.
The largest anchor in the world remains on the deck of the doomed luxury ship, Titanic. It was forged with sixteen tons of high-grade steel in 1910 in Netherton, England, by Hingley’s Anchor Works. This anchor held the giant ocean liner, which was the largest at the time—a massive 46,328 tons built from millions of individual metal parts. And that was when it was empty! It carried 900 tons of freight and passengers’ baggage! The anchor was tiny in comparison but it was trusted to secure the huge vessel.
What do you hope in? Things that don’t last? People who will disappoint you? Anything less than two unchangeable things leads to hopelessness The author of Hebrews states that it is impossible for God to lie, and we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged (Hebrews 6:18). This hope holds us firm and secure. Hope will be realized when we see Jesus face-to-face.
“Hope is a wish in your heart of good things to come.” I read this statement on an internet website, but I can’t hold fast to such an uncertain notion.
Bible teacher John Piper defines biblical hope like this: “A confident expectation and desire for something good in the future."
“Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done.”
We are moored by God who is our genuine hope, like a ship relies on its anchor. He alone is trustworthy.
Lord Jesus, you are our present hope. You are immovable. You hold us steady when waves of doubt rock our faith.