Hebrews 6:19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
I hope it doesn’t rain.
I hope the washing gets dry.
I hope the Cowboys win.
I hope I pass maths.
I hope I get that job.
I hope he asks me out.
But nothing is certain.
Biblical is not maybe. Hope is not if. To desire with no real expectation of getting that desire.
Hope is a strong and confident expectation. It is dynamic, active and life sustaining.
Exodus 15:22 Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur.
We live in a world of wilderness walkers. Life naturally takes us from highs to wilderness. Whinging, complaining, road raging, offended, gossiping, negative people in the wilderness.
Exodus 15:22 They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water.
Water is essential for life.
Wilderness sucks life from you. Thought you were full but within moments, you’re empty.
Exodus 15:23 When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).
They see an oasis!
What do you hope you will find at an oasis? Water.
You get your hopes up.
You go on a great date.
You have a perfect job interview.
You feel fit and healthy.
Your children make their bed on the first day back of school.
Maybe this is a good sign.
But he doesn’t call.
The job hires someone else.
The doctor gives you a bad report.
Your children don’t make their bed again the next day.
Like finding an oasis, only for it to taste bitter.
I think the psalmist knows what you’re feeling:
Psalm 42:1-5 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God.
I will put my hope in God.
Not in an oasis. Not in a mirage. Not in empty promises.
I need an anchor.
What can you find as an anchor? When it’s stormy. When life tastes bitter. When everything is fear. When nothing makes sense.
Exodus 15:24-25 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink.
The Cross is the anchor.
1 Peter 1:21 And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
We could never fix it.
Only one sure thing you can hope in. Only one can make bitter sweet. Only one can take you through the wilderness.
Hope is in Jesus Christ. He is the anchor for our souls.