only help my unbelief


A hope both sure and steadfast
June 22, 2008, 7:00 am
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On Sundays, I’d like to start sharing writings with you from people other than myself. I like to blog and write, but I want this outlet to be more than just about me. I want it to encourage your soul, and there are a lot of people who are better at doing that than me.

The writing for this Lord’s day is from the pastor of my church. I get these devotionals in my e-mail twice a week. If this writing encourages you and you would like to receive the devotionals yourself, you can click here to sign up.
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“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us.” – Hebrews 6:19

Where have you placed your hope?  Who or what is your soul’s anchor? Every Christian hope is tethered to Jesus.  Christians hope for Christ’s early return, for fresh victories over sin and for their consistent transformation into Jesus’ image. 

Christians’ hopes are so certain that they willingly abandon themselves in their love for their soul’s Anchor.  They place every day of their lives at the feet of Jesus as a sacrifice of their love.  Believers know that the same God who saved them will always lead them in His triumph in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 2:14).

At the age of seventy-five, Abraham received a promise from God.  Though he did not receive the blessed fulfillment until he was one hundred, he did not waiver.  His hope was moored to the immutable God who cannot lie so he never allowed anything or anyone to arrest his hold on God (Heb. 6:18).  Abraham knew he would inherit God’s promises; he just did not know when.

No man can point to any promise God has broken.  Moses’ serpent mastered the sorcerers’ serpents. Jericho’s walls collapsed and Hannah’s womb was fruited with Samuel. God wants you assured of His steadfastness.  He does not want you to drift or become agitated by the winds of change.  Your Lord God is not limited to worldly means and He is not limited by earthly possibilities.  He is not man – He is God!

On the Sea of Galilee, nature did not calm the storm.  On the Sea of Galilee, nature did not still the wind.  On the Sea of Galilee, “He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and it became perfectly calm.  And the men marveled, saying, ‘What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’” (Mt. 8:26f.).

God fulfills your less remarkable desires in order to encourage your trust in the eternal hope He sets before you.  Because God is perfect, every confidence you have in God will be met.  Is Jesus the anchor of your soul?

Unseen anchors safeguard the world’s grandest ships. You do not see Jesus today, but you will one day.  He has entered the heavens as the forerunner for all Christians who will follow.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace” (Isa. 9:6f.).

Soli Deo Gloria!
(To God alone be the glory!)

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