Today’s Meditation… 1/18/2022

Today’s Meditation…  1/18/2022

Is hope an anchor of your soul? What is the focus of your hope?

“that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope [elpis] set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Heb 6:18,19)

  • hope = elpis means confident expectation, not unfounded optimism

(1) Two immutable truths:

  1. God’s promise to Abraham was fulfilled.
    • “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” (Heb 6:14)
    • “And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” (Gen 15:6)
    • “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (Jn 8:56)
    • “It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Rom 4:24)
    • “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:14)
  2. God’s oath to fulfill His promise to Abraham was His guarantee.
    • “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself” (Heb 6:13)
    • “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath” (Heb 6:17)
    • “and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able [dunatos] to perform [poieo].” (Rom 4:21)

(2) We have confidence that God doesn’t lie.

  • “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Tit 1:2)

(3) These truths produce strong consolation.

  • “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace” (2Thes 2:16)
  • “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Rom 15:4)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2Cor 1:3-4)

(4) God is your refuge.

  • “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” (Ps 9:9)
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Ps 46:1)
  • “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” (Ps 61:3)
  • “In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” (Ps 62:7)
  • “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Ps 62:8)
  • “Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place” (Ps 91:9)
  • “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Prov 18:10)
  • “For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm” (Isa 25:4)

(5) Hold on to hope, an anchor of your soul.

  • “And we know that all things work together [sunergeo] for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28)
  • “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:5)
  • “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.” (Rom 15:13)
  • “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1Cor 13:13)
  • “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling” (Eph 4:4)
  • “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard” (Col 1:23)
  • “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace” (2Thes 2:16)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pet 1:3)
  • “we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” (1Jn 3,2,3)

(6) Hope is an anchor, and it produces safety and steadfastness.

  • “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.” (Phil 3:1)
  • “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed” (Rom 4:16)
  • “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Heb 3:14)
  • “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2Pet 1:10)