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Hope is the tether/anchor to the Divine.
We’ve talked about hope on this blog before. But, hope is the only thing we have in the current life to keep us going.
16-20 Among men it is customary to swear by something greater than themselves. And if a statement is confirmed by an oath, that is the end of all quibbling. So in this matter, God, wishing to show beyond doubt that his plan was unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath. So that by two utterly immutable things, the word of God and the oath of God, who cannot lie, we who are refugees from this dying world might have a source of strength, and might grasp the hope that he holds out to us. This hope we hold as the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in Heaven, where Jesus has already entered on our behalf, having become, as we have seen, “High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”.
Hebrews 6:19-20, J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Hope is the anchor that is securely fixed on God himself! Nothing can remove this hope because nothing can move God.
What is a tether? Dictionary.com says it’s “A
Most of us know what an anchor is, but we mostly think of it in regards to boating and water. But the image I see when I read Hebrews 6:19 is a grappling hook. Wikipedia states that “A grappling hook is a device with multiple hooks (known as claws or flukes), attached to a rope; it is thrown, dropped, sunk, projected, or fastened directly by hand to where at least one hook may catch and hold. Generally, grappling hooks are used to temporarily secure one end of a rope.“
This is how I see hope: I’ve thrown everything I have at Jesus Christ and it’s caught onto Him and will not be moved.
Hope is risky. Hope is longing. Hope is going “all in” with this life in preparation for the next one.
22-25 It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail. And it is plain, too, that we who have a foretaste of the Spirit are in a state of painful tension, while we wait for that redemption of our bodies which will mean that at last we have realised our full sonship in him. We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.
26-27 The Spirit of God not only maintains this hope within us, but helps us in our present limitations. For example, we do not know how to pray worthily as sons of God, but his Spirit within us is actually praying for us in those agonising longings which never find words. And God who knows the heart’s secrets understands, of course, the Spirit’s intention as he prays for those who love God.
Romans 8:25-27 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)