February 1, 2022

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”—Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Some of you lived during the time of great hope in our then President, John F. Kennedy, and the optimism he brought to our nation. America’s economy thrived. We aimed for the moon—literally. Our future looked bright.

Then our national situation dimmed in the tragic loss of soldiers in the Vietnam War. When Kennedy was assassinated, the United States’ light all but went out, flickering just as a candle when its flame is dowsed.

A few years later in 1967, Jürgen Moltmann penned A Theology of Hope, wherein he wrote “. . . optimism is based on the circumstances of the moment, but hope is rooted in God’s faithfulness—regardless of our situation.”

Today, in this season of pandemic, our nation and the world try to be optimistic, holding out hope that this will all come to an end so we can get on with our lives as we knew them before masks and social distancing.

What is this optimism based upon?—That this situation can’t go on forever?

Where do we place our hope?—On vaccinations? In the CDC’s ability to deliver whatever it takes to conquer this virus? Doctors? The Government’s help?

The reality is, none of these can indisputably deliver on a promise or a way out of this tragic mess. As the Bible aptly states:

A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”—Psalm 33:17-19 (NIV)

Yes, this is a time of famine so to speak, but the good news is, we are not left without hope!

As David writes in Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” (NIV)

Again David addresses hope in Psalm 146:5:  “Joyful are those whose . . . hope is in the Lord their God.” (NIV)

What does it mean to hope in the Lord?

Basically, it is placing all your trust in Him. Not just for what you “hope” will happen, but that no matter what happens you know God is with you in your storms and will not let go of your hand. You have confidence that He will hold you close and usher you through the tempest.

When we put our hope in the Lord, we are strong and even joyful!

What a restful, encouraging place to be.

Singer Ray Boltz’ “The Anchor Holds,” says it better than I can. You will be blessed by listening to his testimony in this song. In taking a few minutes out of your day to listen to it, you will be blessed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSAc5Z2lprk

The Anchor Holds with lyrics Ray Boltz

The Anchor Holds with lyrics Ray Boltz

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Prayer:   Precious Heavenly Father, thank you that I can stand firmly on your Word—your promises to carry me through this difficult time. Thank you for never letting go of me.

Thought for the Day:  “. . . hope is rooted in God’s faithfulness—regardless of our situation.”—Jürgen Moltmann