HOPE AND COURAGE
There is one thing that goes with hope and that is the aspect of courage. To hope takes courage. It may mean that you need to face situations and circumstances that look completely the opposite and still believe God in the situation. We have said that hope refers to the anticipation of the future. This does not mean that the present just disappears. We have said that hope refers to the expectation of fulfillment. This brings a great dynamic into play. The dynamic of waiting. Between the present and the future is hope. Hope however has to often walk side-by-side with waiting. For this reason we need to be courageous.
Psalm 27:13-14 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
HOPE – AN ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL
Hope is an anchor for the soul.
Hebrews 6:18-19 He has given us both His promise and His oath, two things we can completely count on, for it is impossible for God to tell a lie. Now all those who flee to Him to save them can take new courage when they hear such assurances from God; now they can know without doubt that He will give them the salvation He has promised them. This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God Himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven.
As you and I hope, we become connected to God. The reason for this is that He holds the future and no one, no institution, no past success or past failure has any guarantee for tomorrow. God is our only guarantee. We need to hold onto hope and never let it go. We need to allow our hope and trust in God to become an anchor for our souls. Without such an anchor we will be blown around hopelessly in the storms of life. But with that anchor we can stand and not be moved!
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