Often for me an image can help make something more tangible for me. There is a verse in Hebrews that has helped me so much to conceptualize what hope really is.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Heb 6:19a. Our anchor is in Christ, and no matter where we get pushed or pulled or where the current takes us, our anchor is firm and secure. Joy and contentment can naturally flow from a real hope in Christ. This image has helped me immensely. I think because our culture uses the word to mean “desire” has muddied the real meaning that we find in the Bible. In my Holman bible dictionary hope is defined as a “trustful expectation, particularly with reference to fulfillment of God’s promises.”
For me I get this silly empty feeling sometimes . . . if I had to describe it I guess its the feeling of having nothing to look forward to. Someone in our small group last night was talking about this. Like when the weekend is coming, or a vacation, or a day off from work, or a show on TV. But then when its over, there’s often this weird feeling of being deflated, or disappointed. It’s usually really minor but I still feel it for a short time. Sometimes for me its tied to the routine of life. I think I’m just too short sighted about where my hope is. I have to remember to fix my eyes on what is unseen and not on what I see on my immediate horizon.
This week my attention was also drawn to 1 Peter 1:18-21. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from you forefathers, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
How wonderful that when I get a silly empty feeling I can remember that its just that. A silly feeling. An indicator that I have been focusing on temporary things instead of what really matters.