Hope: The Expectation of Good

Heb 6:19 (NIV) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Ps 119:114 (NIV) You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

In this chaotic world, hope is what we need every day.

It would be easy to let the darkness take over. In fact, for a number of years, I lived in the darkness of clinical depression.  It consumed every moment of my life. Depression stole my joy, my happiness, my peace, and tried to steal my hope. When I was on the last strand of the hope braid, help found me. With professional help and medication, the darkness was slowly peeled away. It was a painfully slow beginning, but the alternative was grave. As the strand of hope grew stronger, delusional thinking was replaced with realism. Joy and peace have returned.

Our hope in Christ anchors us to Father God. Even an anchored vessel is tossed by turbulent seas with waves crashing across the bow being swayed by the wind. The best anchor holds the boat from drifting and getting lost. God is our anchor, shelter, refuge, security. He holds us firmly even when we don’t have the strength to hold on to Him. The holiday season can be difficult when family members are missing whether by decision or death. We could dwell on the feelings of sadness, or choose joy through our hope in Christ. During this sometimes difficult season, know God will bring hope when it seems there is none. His anchor holds firmly.

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