(Hebrews 6:16-20) “People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hope is an anchor to your soul, meaning it keeps you firm and secure in your faith and trust in God. Hope will carry you through the difficult times, those times when it looks dark and no help to be found. You may ask, as I have many times in some of the darkest times of my life, “How do you hold on to hope and faith when it seems as if you have no hope left, no one to help and you have been forgotten? How do you hold on to hope in the darkest times of your life and it feels as if the world is caving in around you and you feel all alone?”
The first step is to choose to keep hoping, you hold on to hope by choice. You must decide in your mind you are going to keep hoping and keep trusting God even when it seems as if your prayer will not get answered. As Joyce Meyers says, the battle is in the mind. You must make up your mind that you are going to trust God no matter what, otherwise you go over to the other side. There is no middle ground. (Matthew 12:30) “Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.”
The second step is use the two weapons God gave you! The weapon of your mouth and His Word!
(Proverbs 18;21) “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
(John 6;63) “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.”
(Psalm 149:6-7) “May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples.”
(Romans 10:17) “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
The third step is, you keep believing, keep hoping in faith that you know that the God who would come down through Jesus Christ, and die the painful death He died to save you from your sin and bestow on you eternal life, is the God who will be faithful to ALL His promises found in His Word. He will carry you through your whole life, never leaving you nor forsaking you. (Matthew 21:22) “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
And finally, the fourth step is, you keep praising Him and thanking Him as if you already have it! (Psalm 106:1) “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Faith is the title deed that takes possession of what you are hoping for, (Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, they wanted to kill him, they threw him into a pit, sold him into slavery and he was accused wrongly and thrown into prison. He served as a slave for about 30 years and another 3-1/2 in prison and he did not give into hopelessness. We know this by the grace and favor he received, (Genesis 39:3-4) “When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” So, he must have stayed close to God and we can also ascertain this due to the fact that he had no trouble interpreting the dreams of the cup-bearer, the baker and of Pharaoh. If he was not close to God and had given into despair and hopelessness, he would not have been able to hear so clearly.
Remember Elijah and when he ran from Ahab and Jezebel? He hid in a cave and God came to him in order to wake him up to go and appoint Elisha to service. Elijah ran and gave into fear and hopelessness. (I Kings 19:10) “He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” God sent a strong wind, an earthquake and a fire, and God’s voice was not in any of that. (I Kings 19:12) “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” God’s voice is in the stillness of rest and trust. The earthquake, fire and wind represent the all the voices screaming at you to give up, to quit, to worry, to stop believing, it is never going to happen. They represent the voices of unbelief and negativity and God’s voice is not in that; it is in trust because God is love, and He is peace and there is complete peace in trust.
Hope is an anchor; it keeps you firm and secure in God’s care because you trust Him and your heart in return is filled with His everlasting peace.
(Isaiah 26:3) “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”