By Marni Montanez
New King James Version
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
Have you ever felt like you were really struggling and the walls of what seemed like insurmountable problems were closing in all around you? These are those times we feel alone and without an escape. This could be a sign of hope that is fading. This fading hope suggests that things are not working out the way we would like or had hoped. It could even be a series of things that were difficult to handle and we become emotionally exhausted.
I have gone through many seasons of losing hope. These moments are part of the human experience. All of us have gone through disappointment and at some point the results had turned into a hopelessness.
It seems logical that we would lose hope in this present age with so much evil around us. Terrorism is moving forward with a force of evil behind it and this battle can only be fought in the Spirit. There is devastation happening all over the globe with earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes and new diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. There is an increase of crimes against people, animals and environment and it seems that greed has become more prevalent among big organizations.
These are only a few things that rob us of our hope and bring fear. The bible warns us of the persistence of evil in the end days. According to the word of God there are catastrophic events that are prophesied to happen. The bible is very clear that believers will not be destroyed as we witness the world is being destroyed around us. We have God's protection and favor.
Then why are we losing our hope?
We lose our hope when we have it in the wrong place. This hope that the verse begins with is talking specifically about a certain hope. This hope is steady and sure. It is something that will build us up and make us stronger. This hope is relevant and true.
What hope is this hope? it is our hope in God and nothing else. When we are hoping for a certain result to happen and it doesn't, we will be disappointed and we will lose our hope and in this lose our peace if we continue putting our hope in earthly results If we are hoping in God, it is with this hope that we are able to enter into the presence of God behind the veil. Things like worry, unbelief, fear, anger...etc. will be forbidden from entering this domain of peace. To hope in God is to ride upon the waves of peace which usher us into the presence of the Almighty. When we see that our circumstances will change eventually we will see the wisdom in not trusting in them. Yes we want things to work out according to our plan, but is that always the best? Only God knows what the best is in that moment. He has our best interest in His heart and only wants us to hope in Him.
Challenge: Put your hope in God. when issues arise seek God and put the situation in His hands. Just speak it out. "Lord, I give you this problem and trust you to work it out for my best"
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.