18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
19 [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot [a]break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches [b]farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,
According to this scripture we have MIGHTY INDWELLING STRENGTH and STRONG ENCOURAGEMENT to hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before us. My strength feels far from mighty. Yet as I read this, my heart swells. God has appointed a hope for me and set it before me. I have a definite hope filled aim. I know from scripture that Jesus, because of the hope of the joy set before Him, endure the cross. His soul was anchored in the hope of the joy that God would accept His sacrifice and would redeem all mankind. It was not a generic hope or a vague one. It was this focused with intensity hope that motivated His every second and enabled Him to obey unto death.
Jesus knew God to be the absolute truth. This anchored His human soul. It must be what anchors our souls too. God will never prove false in my life or yours! There are so many emotions, wounds and shifts in perception in our lives. We may feel the currents yanking us in every direction, yet His Holy Spirit holds us securely anchored to Him in hope. It is our sure expectation that God is the absolute truth. We may not be able to enter into heaven at this moment, but we are anchored in Christ, not adrift or lost. No matter how our souls, our emotions, our minds or wills rage, our beings are securely held with full expectation of being face to face with our beloved Lord. He is our absolutely certain Hope!
I pray for us, that we would have our souls anchored only in Your hope. Help us to look away from all that diminishes or distracts us from your Hope. Help us to recognize all the places that our souls are anchored in the wrong things and to repent and re-anchor in You. Help us to have the sure expectation that You are who You say You are and that You will do what You say You will. You have given us mighty indwelling strength to hold onto You and the hope that You have appointed for us. Help us to seize Your Hope. Let’s us walk in the revelation of the Hope of Christ.
7 And so, Lord, my only hope is in you.