“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 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.”
I had written out this big long God Gold message for you talking about all these different takeaways from these verses about two days ago. Usually after writing a message I feel a sense of peace about it, a peace so good I never read back over what’s been written. For some reason, with this message I had no peace. I looked back over it to see why I felt this way and IT HIT ME!!!!
I had written out the Gold about hope. And with all of these descriptions of hope and what it causes in our lives when we hold tight to it, I rarely mentioned the greatest part about hope. Honestly, even who our hope is and who our hope is in, JESUS!!!! I was baffled at myself thinking, “how could you overlook this?” Obviously Jesus is the GREATEST example of hope to ever walk the earth. How could I miss that?!? Well, in that lesson brought me to see a truth about myself that I think we all at times have in common. It’s easy to overlook Jesus in our lives. We do easily get caught up in ourselves, flashy or shiny “principles” or things that look or sound good. There’s a million excuses or reasons to why we would ever do this but the fact of the matter is, we do this. I do this quite often and I just did it in this message, it hit me this morning while doing my devotion time.
I can pray all I want, read the Bible front and back but if I’m not intentionally seeking Jesus and having that time centered around Him, none of it matters. Without Jesus it’s all just things we do. So many times have I overlooked that one, simple truth of what this life is all about, it’s Jesus!!! All of Jesus and nothing but Jesus!!! That’s it, I don’t care what your denomination is, why your “personal views” may differ from mine on certain theological issues or any of that! Nothing in this Christian life matters without Jesus!!!
I thought about it as I continue living in each day God has given me, what is my day centered around? When I get up in the morning am I reading my Bible and praying to learn more about Jesus and seeking to be filled with His truth and love, or am I doing those things because I’m supposed to be? So many questions began to pour in my mind as I saw just how easily I could take God’s Word and overlook the truth and importance of what our life is all about, the only reason I even have life. That’s Jesus!!!!
Looking into the term “hope” and what it brings to our lives, well after writing a lot of my own thoughts I was captured when I saw Gods one thought when it comes to hope. Hope is Jesus!!! Hope is what wakes us up every morning, hope is what drives us and fuels us to go farther and love harder than we could ever imagine doing. It’s nothing we could accomplish but what Jesus did accomplish! As I kept looking at Abraham’s example mentioned here, I noticed that his hope clearly wasn’t in himself or anything he could make happen. God told him what was going to happen so Abraham was patient, it says “after waiting patiently, Abraham received all that God had promised.” Patience is hard enough as it is but how could Abraham be patient? Hope. Hope fueled Abraham to continue moving in the promise God had laid before him. And don’t miss this, this hope that Abraham had, it wasn’t hope in himself or even humanity, it was hope in God, the Almighty, always faithful God of all!
And then these verse continue to talk about hope, how even though we may have not grabbed onto the hope set in front of us before, maybe we were too impatient, we wanted it done right then, we tried to do it on our own or the worlds offer looked better, whatever reason if we didn’t grab onto this hope yesterday, I’ve got some good news! This hope we’ve been given is still right in front of our very eyes, and we can be greatly encouraged to learn of that truth. The truth that this hope is like an anchor for our souls, to hold us firmly, secure to what God has called us to, this hope has went into places we could never go on our own or ever deserved to go. This hope has taken a sacrifice that we deserved to take and paid the ultimate price all to just give me and you a new standing from hopelessness to hope. This hope rose again on the third day with our victory in hand over sin and death forever, this hope has given us a position before God as His children, this hope has given us a loving relationship with our Creator.
This hope has a name and his name is Jesus!!!!!
I pray for myself and for you that we would continue to chase after and hold tightly to this hope we have in Jesus! That our lives would be centered completely around the hope Jesus has given us, that our thoughts, decisions and auctions would be fueled by Jesus Christ, the hope of all hopes! I’m sitting here in awe that I even get to share this message of hope with you after I’ve spent so much time consumed by hopelessness in my life. In no way do I deserve this opportunity but because of Jesus, here we are. Jesus is the only good part about me and I’m thankful to continue chasing him along with you guys and holding tightly to Him, our Savior, our living Hope!!!!!