DAY 1: Anchored Hope
Our world is full of the unknown. People are more uncertain of the future than ever before. Worry and doubt consume our thoughts. We are like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:5). So what can secure us in the midst of life’s storms? An anchor.
But, as Christians, the anchor of our hope is not dropped into any earthly sea. The anchor of our hope is Jesus Christ. Firm and unfailing, He is the steadfast support of our souls; providing calm protection against the storms and perils of this life.
Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?” (NLT) This means, if God made a promise, He will fulfill it.
This Christmas season is not only a reminder of our Saviors’ first coming to Earth, it is also a reminder that we wait in hope-filled expectation for His second coming (Romans 8:24-25). As surely as He promised His first coming, He will come again to take us to be with Him forever (John 14:3). We have the confident expectation of what He has promised will become as sure as our past.This future hope is our anchor.
Scripture says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20, NLT).
These are just a few of the promises from God that can anchor our soul:
- He provides redemption for our brokenness through Jesus (Galatians 4:4)
- He provides a Savior for our sin (Romans 6:23)
- He provides wisdom, knowledge and salvation when we live in the fear (deep awe, reverence & submission) of the Lord . (Isaiah 33:6)
- He promises that if He said it, He is faithful and willing to complete it. (Isaiah 55:11)
- He never leaves us or forsakes us, He is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23)
Through this Advent season we’ll see that He never left us without Hope, and He continues to give us Hope even when we walk through the darkest of times.
What does being anchored in Him mean to you?