What Do We Hope For?
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
I love starting a new week with this verse, as it reminds us of one of the many amazing gifts that God gives us: hope.
What is hope? Hope is a feeling of expectation, and a desire that something will happen. Hope is a sense of anticipation and excitement, and a positive aspiration for things to come. We will all have many different hopes for the week ahead. We may hope to cross things off the to-do list, hope we'll get work done in time to catch up with our friends, hope our exams go well, hope to perform well in sports matches, or even just hope for good weather at the weekend (we're all praying for it!).
When the Bible talks about hope, it talks about a far more amazing type of hope - the certain hope that we have in Jesus. The incredible promise we see in this verse is that he - God - who promised is faithful.
God's promises have never failed yet and they're not going to start failing now.
This means that the hope we have in Jesus is certain: he promises that he will always be with us, and that He lavishes grace on us and saves us. He isn't going to abandon us, and in fact gives us far more than we could ever dream to deserve or imagine. We have the most incredible, amazing gift of hope because God who makes these promises to us, is faithful.
So what difference does this hope make for us this week? When challenges come our way, when we are fearful or uncertain of the future, when we are weighed down by anxiety, or even when we are celebrating joys and the good things in life, Paul encourages us to hold on to the certain hope we have in Jesus. This verse encourages us to hold 'unswervingly' to the hope we have.
We don't need to look left or right and search for this hope in other places. We just need to fix our eyes on Jesus, and pray that He would help us to do that.
'We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.' (Hebrews 6:19)
Let hope in God be your anchor this week. Pray that He would help you to walk each day secure, with him as your protector, sustainer and deliverer.
Emma had the huge privilege of growing up in Bath, officially the most beautiful city in the West Country. After moving to Cambridge for secondary school, she wasn’t able to tear herself away so stayed on to study law at university. After graduating, Emma has spent the last three years working in finance. Excitingly, Emma said ‘I do’ to the wonderful Luke in April 2014 and is loving the adventure of being married and being part of Team Pendlebury.