"We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." (Hebrews 6:18-19)
I became a mother approximately 7 years ago when I had my first child. And shortly after I became a mother, my very own mother passed away. And oh the many times I wish she was here. Not just as a grandmother to my children, but as a mother full of love, wisdom, and guidance helping me as a young mom through my frustrations and times of not knowing just what to do!
My hope was for her to see both my children grow up. She never did live long enough to see my second child born. To see them go to school, to watch them perform their school musicals, and to cheer them on at their T-ball games. That was my hope, my plan. And clearly it was not God’s.
Are you facing a current situation where you are struggling to believe or find hope in God’s plans? Are you challenged by the difficulty of pushing through yet another baseball season - in a city you never thought you would be in, away from the support of your family and close friends, struggling to find hope in your situation?
Life is full of challenges and unfortunately we may lose hope when our plans, our dreams, our vision for our lives do not go the way we had expected. We lose hope because our expectations are not met.
Where does your hope lie today? Unfortunately, we live in a world where we may put our hope in people, objects, positions, careers, our plans, our agendas, really just about anything! And then we wonder why we find ourselves disappointed.
The word “hope” comes from the Greek word elpis and means “favorable and confident expectation” and is similarly defined in the dictionary as “to desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence.”
When we put our hope, when we put favorable and confident expectation, in the things in this world, we will many times face disappointment. Why? Because this world, our baseball teams, the people and things in it are not secure! They are always changing. Teams come…teams go…people come…people go…things come…things go!
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
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. 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. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:17-19
Our hope must be in our God and His plans. Our hope must be anchored in an unchanging, secure, immoveable God. Just as a ship anchor holds firmly to the seabed, our hope in God is the anchor for our soul, firm and secure.
“Anchor” is defined “something that serves to hold an object firmly; a person or thing that provides strength and support.” We need our hope anchored in God to keep us in place in times of disappointment, to keep us from being swept toward the rocky shore, to keep us from capsizing and sinking.
I love the way this commentary puts it!
We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and steadfast, or it could not keep us so…Christ is the object and ground of the believer's hope. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)
How can we have our hope anchored in God…and His plans?
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
Our hope in God…and our hope in His plans will grow when we follow him - when we are rooted, built up, strengthened in faith, and overflowing with thankfulness.
We must find Hope...in His plans.
I may not always understand God’s plans but one thing I do know is that my hope anchored in God is secure and firm, and that His plans for my life are way better than my plans for my life!
Prayer: Dear Father, please help me place my hope in you and only you. Whenever I face challenges in life, please help me see that you Lord are the anchor for my soul so that I may have greater trust in you and your plans for my life.
Suggested Reading: Colossians 2:6-7, Jeremiah 29:11