– by Dave Quintana  

I don’t know how one could survive without hope. It seems to me that despair is one of the saddest of conditions (though I suppose hoping in the wrong thing might be even worse).   Now, I’m not talking about vain hope – “hope” that in actual fact is just “wishing”, or “really wanting” something to be the case.

I’m talking about Christian hope, the hope of Christ. The hope of Christ coming again, of God fulfilling his promises, of God’s kingdom being fully and finally established.  

I am talking about placing your trust in a sure and certain promise – about hope as an “anchor for your soul” anchoring us to heaven itself (where Christ our hope has gone ahead and where he prepares a place for us).

We Christians must be prisoners of hope, held captive to hope, never to be held by despair. We live therefore in confident expectation of a hope that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.  

May we set our hope more fully on God and his coming kingdom during this season, and may this hope be as a weapon in our hand, fending off any despair or doubt that would ever array itself against us!  

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. (Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV)

Dave Quintana is the presiding elder of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord. Taken from Daily Meds from the Q Source. Used with permission