Hope That Anchors The Soul: 9 Inspiring Bible Verses
I believe most of us usher in each new year with some degree of hope.
Hope… that this year will be better than the last.
Hope… that we will be able to accomplish all of our goals and stick to all of those New Year’s Resolutions (the weight loss, the fitness plan, the decluttering schedule, the budget tracker, etc.) this time around.
Hope… that we will grow in certain areas of our lives over the next twelve months.
Whichever goals and dreams you may have set for this new year, I pray that your one true hope, the kind of hope that anchors the soul, resides in Christ and Christ alone.
Jesus and our relationship with him is our only TRUE HOPE (again, the kind of hope that anchors the soul) in this world.
Hope That Anchors the Soul
Hebrews 6:19 speaks specifically about the hope we have in Christ as our High Priest, going before us and representing us to the Father:
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19, NIV)
I love the Amplified translation of this particular verse:
This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells] (Hebrews 6:19, AMP)
In researching more about the context of this particular passage in Hebrews, I came across this commentary by Matthew Henry on Christianity.com:
The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. Hope has its degrees, as faith also. The promise of blessedness God has made to believers, is from God’s eternal purpose, settled between the eternal Father, Son, and Spirit.
These promises of God may safely be depended upon; for here we have two things which cannot change, the counsel and the oath of God, in which it is not possible for God to lie; it would be contrary to his nature as well as to his will. And as He cannot lie; the destruction of the unbeliever, and the salvation of the believer, are alike certain.
Here observe, those to whom God has given full security of happiness, have a title to the promises by inheritance. The consolations of God are strong enough to support his people under their heaviest trials.
Here is a refuge for all sinners who flee to the mercy of God, through the redemption of Christ, according to the covenant of grace, laying aside all other confidences. We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and steadfast, or it could not keep us so.
The free grace of God, the merits and mediation of Christ, and the powerful influences of his Spirit, are the grounds of this hope, and so it is a steadfast hope. Christ is the object and ground of the believer’s hope. Let us therefore set our affections on things above, and wait patiently for his appearance, when we shall certainly appear with him in glory. (emphasis mine)
You may have to read this commentary a couple times. I know I did.
It is heavy and profound but the truth in these words is rich. Again, words I’m sure we can all relate to:
“We are in this world as a ship at sea, tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. We need an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor in the storms of this world. It is sure and steadfast, or it could not keep us so.”
While I pray that you have success in achieving all of your New Year’s goals, developing healthy new habits, and sticking to those resolutions, I pray even more earnestly that you know the living God.
And that your main focus this year is to know him more.
Whether you started this new year (new decade actually) in a happy and peaceful season of life or whether you’re in the midst of struggle and suffering, I pray these nine Bible verses will serve to renew your hope in the new year:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
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Praying for a hope-filled year for you and your family!
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Also, if I’ve missed any of your favorite Bible verses on hope, please leave them in the comments below!