Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we need or want.

Years ago I hoped I would get married.  I’ve hoped for success in my business.  I’ve hoped for other important things in my life depending on my need at the time.  I’m generally a very hopeful person, but I have lost hope at times when circumstances were the opposite of what I expected.

I’ve also seen other people lose hope when they are influenced by feelings or circumstances.  Why do we so easily lose hope and how can we be more secure?

Our hope is only as good as who or what we place our hope in; if the “who” or “what” really has no power, then we are hoping in vain.  If we place our hope in our circumstances or the “thing” we need or want, hope can crumble as quickly as situations change or people fail us.

Take hold of hope!

The Bible encourages us to “take hold of hope.”  But, what kind of hope should we have and how do we grab onto it?

Hebrews 6:18 states, “God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.”  (emphasis added)  Other versions use these words:

“flee for refuge”

“lay hold of our hope”

“hold fast to hope”

“take hold of hope”

“seize the hope set before us”

The writer of Hebrews is giving us three important things to remember when it comes to hope.

  • Our hope should be in God, not in a person or circumstance.  God is above our needs and desires.  We seek His will to be accomplished in the situations we’re praying about.
  • Why is God alone worthy of our hope?  Because God cannot lie.  He is unchangeable.  He is faithful and trustworthy.  God is the only one who deserves our full devotion and trust.
  • Hope will not automatically fill our hearts.  No… we must pursue it!  We need to “lay hold of hope” and “flee for refuge” in our hope.  This is a deliberate, purposeful action on our part.

Just this week I felt myself easily being pulled into doubting God’s activity in situations I’ve been praying about.  I had to purposely dig into Scripture, grab hold of the truth and hold onto God as my source of hope.  I personally felt exactly what it means to “seize the hope” that God gives us.  My fingers are clenched around this hope and I’m clinging to it.

Hope is like an anchor that holds us in one place when the waves of our circumstances threaten us.  Holding onto our hope means that we remind ourselves of the truth about God and why He is worthy of our trust and hope.  And then, we are encouraged as we cling tightly to our hope in God, trusting that He is in control.

Will you seize your hope and hold on to it no matter what happens in your circumstances?  Lay hold of it and never let go!

 

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”   Hebrews 6:19a

 

Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

Comments

  1. I love your final verse, that hope is an anchor. We can count on God for our hope.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      Thank you Linda, I love that verse too. He really is my anchor that keeps me from straying away into doubt!

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