Monday Vitamins: Hope: The Soul’s Anchor

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I have written about hope in previous posts but wanted to again turn my attention to this topic for reasons I am sure you will appreciate. Reasons such as the pain and uncertainty which seem to permeate the world. The seemingly unending news about catastrophes in various countries and in the USA (the flooding in West Virginia, the wild fires in California, to name a few. And these are just from the past few days).  Oh, yes. There are numerous reasons to again turn my attention to hope but not the fleeting hope that this world offers. No. I, we, need the hope our Father gives. His hope which serves as an anchor for our souls  as described in Hebrews 13:19 (AMP), which I share below.  I included verses 13 through 20 to provide the context of verse 19. We have reason to hold fast to hope.

13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, He swore [an oath] by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he realized the promise [in the miraculous birth of Isaac, as a pledge of what was to come from God]. 16 Indeed men swear [an oath] by one greater than themselves, and with them [in all disputes] the oath serves as confirmation [of what has been said] and is an end of the dispute. 17 In the same way God, in His desire to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable nature of His purpose, intervened and guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. 19 This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], 20 where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:13-20, AMP; emphasis added)



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