Hope. There are many things that we hope for in life. Things that we look forward to. Things that we really want to see come to be. What are those things in your life? What happens when those things fail, when all that we hoped for doesn’t happen?
A week ago my world came crashing down, and I went with it. What I had been hoping for and really looking forward to, vanished. What do you do in those moments? The day before this I had taught Hebrews. In the week that followed I got to live it out, and take comfort in what is written.
Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians that were undergoing serious persecution for their faith. It was to the point that some were considering abandoning their faith in Jesus. Into this the author of Hebrews writes to encourage them that Jesus is greater than anything else that they could place their hope in. Greater than angels, greater than Moses, greater than the old sacrificial system. In the midst of persecutions, when life looked horrible and bleak, they were encouraged that they have a hope that is secure. A hope that would not fail them. They were encouraged to hold fast in that . “We have this as a secure 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” (Hebrews 6:19-20a) Jesus is that hope.
When life goes crazy and lets us down, we need to remember that ultimately our hope needs to be in Jesus. That is a hope eternal. That is how the Jewish Christians written to in the book of Hebrews could endure persecution. That is how we are able to endure hard times and disappointments in life. It is looking to our secure and steadfast anchor of the soul, our hope Jesus. Everything else may fail, but he never will. So hold fast. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) It may not change your circumstances, but it will change your heart.