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  • Writer's pictureDale Walker

21 Days of Hope - Tie Yourself To Hope

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our fore runner Jesus has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

It felt like a hopeless situation. I had my Grandsons visiting from Africa and we were driving in the mountain area near us. There we saw a dirt road that went to the wilderness. Someone suggested we go “off-roading.” My vehicle said it had four wheel drive so we tried it. We had probably gone not more than 40 feet when we hit sand. That was it, we were stuck. It was a hopeless feeling. No matter how much I floored the gas pedal the wheels just spun and we sunk deeper. Thankfully, we knew to call a friend with a powerful real four wheel drive truck and a big chain. I will never forget the beautiful feeling of being pulled out of that pit and being able to get back “on the road again.”

Hope is more than wishing your life would get better. Many people wish their life was better as their wheels are spinning and they go deeper into despair. Hope is tying yourself to God and His promises that are bigger than anything that my life could become stuck in. Hebrews 6:19 says that hope is an anchor for the soul that is firm and secure and goes into that holiest place of God’s presence with Jesus as our forerunner. A forerunner in Bible days was like a tug boat, that would bring ships into the harbor to dock.

Jesus went before us, as our representative, to pay for our sins and to guaranty us safe passage not only to Heaven but to the abundant life framed out for us in all of the promises of God. When we’re stuck in life we can experience God’s hope that overcomes our hopelessness and move us forward to a hopeful future. God wants us to chain ourselves to Jesus by claiming his promises and attaching ourselves to Him. He wants us to become “prisoners of hope.” Everything changes in a bad situation when you are chained to him.

I remember a man who when the stock market crashed and he faced unemployment and it looked like things were so hopeless. Yet he popped up with a smile. It’s OK we still have the promises of God, we are tied to Jesus and we’re going to get through this.



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