Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hope: An Anchor for the Soul 2011--I took this picture.
"Why are you discouraged, my soul?  Why are you restless?  Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior, and my God" Psalm 42:5 (God's Word Translation).

          Why should we be cast down if our hope is in God?  Hope is a vital characteristic of our relationship with God.  In Hebrews, we read about the hope we have as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.  This is a powerful image of hope holding fast and stabilizing the soul, keeping the believer grounded in the person of Jesus Christ.  Hope anchors the believer to God who is the bedrock of our lives.

          We are saved by hope (Romans 8:24).  We must keep our hope alive.  Life has a way of tossing us to and fro.  We need that anchor of hope to hold us secure and grounded . 

          How can we keep our hope strong?
  • God's Word provides enlightenment, edification, and comfort which increases our hope.
  • The life of Jesus Christ, his death, and resurrection is our "blessed hope", since He is the firstborn, and the forerunner for those of us who believe.
  • Christ's resurrection alone is reason enough to rejoice in hope.
  • Prayer strengthens our relationship with the Father and Son and nurtures our hope.
  • Scripture tells us to be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us.
  • Fellowship with other believers and their testimonies enliven our hope.
          Our hope does not disappoint.  It is named with and strengthened by faith and love.  As we place our hope in God, we can rest secure in His promises.

           I thank God for the blessed hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Courtesy of Melanie Giovino--New Zealand, May 2011.  Those are little boats in the bay.


  1. What a beautiful post! We were just discussing "hope" in our weekly Bible Study this morning and relating it to the 23rd Psalm. The fact that He's always with us not only gives us hope but ensures our future. Great blog!

  2. Thank you Sandra for adding that for us! I appreciate that. 23rd Psalm is my favorite--I read it almost daily.