Assistant Director Susan Florentine recently shared this devotional about biblical hope at a team meeting. We are glad to share her perspective with you!
The Anchor of Hope
Hope is an anchor for our soul and this hope is to be spread to others.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (it is secure in our salvation.) Hebrews 6:19
Hope is dynamic or active.
In the Bible, hope is never a static or passive thing. It is dynamic, active, directive and life sustaining.
In other words, a biblical hope is not an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle, drifting or just rocking on the front porch. If our hope is biblical and based on God’s promises, it will put us in gear.
Hope has rewards and blessings.
- Hope is to give us joy and peace.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
- Hope in God protects.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those whose hope is in is unfailing love. We wait in hope for the Lord he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:18,20)
- Hope is to give strength, courage, boldness.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24)
- Hope gives us confidence in ministry.
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. (1 Timothy 4:10)
There is great power in HOPE!
If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.
Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize, in part for her efforts in giving hope to girls to receive an education, to stand up and be heard, to be courageous, to not be afraid to speak. In spite of difficult circumstances, she never lost her hope.
The power of one person giving hope to people can change the world. That’s what we’re all about – GHG giving hope to one person, one circle, one group, one program leader at a time.