My new One Word for 2023, Hope and I have fast-tracked our acquaintance, spending a good deal of time together as the new year came in clothed with uncertainty and trial. Every post written in the month of January had a theme surrounding Hope. Pondering a visual for my One Word friend, Hebrews 6:19-20 drew me in with the Hope which anchors our souls.
Just barely 2 months into our journey, Hope lessons abound, speaking deeply into my life. I created a special page on my blog where all my Hope posts live, please take the time to acquaint yourself with the wonders of my journey with this magnificent word.
hope as an anchor
The more I meditated on Hebrews 6:19-20, the more I fell in love with the visual of an anchor for Hope.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV
Stumbling upon this journal on Amazon, sealed the visual for me, having the verse quoted on the outside of the journal, an anchor for a bookmark, and Psalm 46:10 on each journal page.
The Hope which anchors our souls is not just any hope, but a Hope which withstands every storm we face.
The unpredictability of life’s storms urges us to anchor our souls to the only source able to provide the strength we need when our own strength fails.
setting the anchor of hope
Having spent time in and around boats, I learned the difference between simply throwing the anchor into the water and setting the anchor. Unless you set the anchor, it will not completely keep the boat from drifting.
Likewise, improperly fixing our Hope on the wrong source, or haphazardly clinging to the nearest comfort will not keep us from becoming battered by life’s storms.
At times, in the deep waters of life’s storms, we cast about like the disciples in Mark 4:35-41, anchored only with our own strength, perspective, and lack of trust in God’s sovereign goodness.
Fixing our eyes on the Hope of God’s promises fulfilled in Jesus Christ sets the anchor of our souls steadfast and sure.
3 Ways Hope Anchors Our Soul in Christ
- An Anchor Set in Certainty. The Hope which anchors our souls is the certainty of God’s promised inheritance, declared by Him and secured by the blood of Christ.
- An Anchor Set in Perfect Peace. More than a mere concept, this Hope, grounded securely in Christ, envelops us in perfect peace in any storm.
- An Anchor Set in Relationship. Because Jesus entered in behind the veil, as our perfect Priest, we are secure in newness of life as sons of God, boldly able to approach our Father in time of need.
the hope which anchors our souls
The Hope which anchors our souls is the fulfillment of God’s promises to us, fulfilled in Jesus Christ. No matter if the storms we face involve death, loss, divorce, financial hardship, health crisis, or any other calamity, Hope grounded in Christ is the anchor which always holds.
Creating a visual of Hope as an anchor has strengthened my heart, fueling my faith in God and His steadfast promises for whatever the coming months may bring.
In the deepest, darkest, storms, remember Hope anchors your soul in the certainty of God’s promises, while securely wrapping you in His perfect Peace, as His beloved child.
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