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Samuel A CainHope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 ESV)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 43:5 ESV)

Life apart from Jesus Christ is a life without hope in God. We all need hope. Hope gives us a future to look forward to. The circumstances of our lives, however, often make that future impossible to imagine. I think most people experience times when they feel no hope. Sometimes, it seems as if the experience of hopelessness goes on and on. Sometimes, you feel as if it is dragging you to your grave.

Loss of hope may be the result of bad choices. Hopelessness may be caused by disastrous circumstances which have erupted in your life which you cannot control. There are emotional conflicts with the people around you at work or at home which often throw your life into chaos. I think most of us would prefer to live positive and upbeat lives. Yet, most of us have experienced a season of hopelessness in our lives.

If we are to overcome the storms of life, our hope must be anchored in the promise of God and the work of Jesus Christ. Satan wants us to believe that all is lost. This is a lie! God has promised His children that our hope is sure, and He cannot lie. Our hope is securely fastened to Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews writes:

“… We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf,” (Hebrews 6:18-20 ESV)

Biblical hope is a positive worldview that is vastly different from secular optimism. The Christian’s hope is founded in the truth of God’s Word as established in the Scriptures. When hard times come, and they will, we need something that will hold steadfast to our souls so that we may endure.

Hebrews 6 tells us that our hope is “set before us.” It is the reality of heaven and the blessings God has promised us in Jesus Christ. Hope is not the fantasy of subjective optimism or positive thinking. The hope that anchors the soul is the true reality of what God has promised in Jesus Christ. It can only be obtained through Jesus Christ. This is the hope we need when the world tells us all hope is lost.




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