My Hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness…
What is hope? It can be confusing, because – to be a word Nazi for a second – it can be used as a noun OR a verb. Like in the above song, it is the subject of the sentence. It is used as a noun, which is a people, place, or thing.
But when we use it most of the time in conversation, we think of it as a verb. We say things like..
I hope I get that promotion,
I hope God heals her,
I hope we get this touchdown (if you’re a Gator fan, my regrets to you…).
But when we talk about finding our hope in God, it should be seen as the subject, not a supporting word like a verb in our life. The Hope we find in God is solid. It is strong. It is not moveable, shakable, or deniable.
You can try to deny it, or ignore it, or forget about it, but that shows you don’t fully understand it, The Hope we find in God never goes away.
Hebrews 6:19 says, We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure… In English translations, it says – well, what you just read. But in the Greek, the word for hope isn’t even in the sentence.
Yes, I’m saying there is no hope found in this verse.
Why? Because it uses a picture word to describe the action for what Hope does for us.
The picture word used is anchor.
Hope anchors our soul to the God of the Universe. We find Hope in God through Jesus Christ because Jesus paved the way for us to have a deep, personal relationship with our Creator.
Our Hope is found in Christ because He is our salvation.
Our Hope is in Christ because His death on the cross allows us up close and personal access to converse with God about anything.
Our Hope is in Christ because when He left, the Holy Spirit came and will never leave us or forsake us.
Our Hope is in Christ because we have purpose. We have meaning. We have the power of God in our lives helping us everyday.
Today, remember where you dropped your anchor. If you feel like life is tossing you in stormy seas, or if you are blown with the wind, tell yourself that is a lie. The irony of hope is it isn’t breezy and light, something easily moved when put in the right place. Hope actually weighs you down in the best way possible.
You have chosen to be anchored to the immoveable God of the Universe.
He is your Hope.
He is your strength.
He is your purpose.
And God cannot be moved.