If your life is anchored to God’s Word, you will finish well in the marathon of life.
In a world facing uncertain times, God’s people need hope now more than ever. But hope can be difficult to find when life seems to be caving in and all hell is breaking out around you. Here at Inspiration Ministries, our prayer ministers are praying every day with people around the world who are experiencing health problems, financial pressures, family conflicts, and other stressful situations.
The Bible says there will come a day when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so “the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27-28). I believe we are experiencing the beginnings of that shaking today.
So what does this mean for us? It means we must find God’s hope amid the stormy and stressful seasons of life. Thankfully, God offers us a reliable anchor, assuring us of victory: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil” (Hebrews 6:19).
Notice that our anchor of hope must enter into the presence of the Lord, “behind the veil.” This means being anchored to God’s unseen, heavenly realm, NOT to the things we see with our natural senses.
The apostle Paul described what happens when our hope is grounded on the promises and faithfulness of God: “We do not lose heart…we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
So if you’re feeling stressed out today, pause for a moment to look past the temporary cares and trials of this world. Fix your eyes on Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith.” He’s already run the marathon race as your example, and now He reigns in victory” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Finding Perfect Peace
This unshakeable hope must be a reality in our lives, not just a nice religious theory. A person who is fully trusting in the Lord will experience His “perfect peace” even when times are tough: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
Isn’t that good news? No matter what you may be going through, you can say as David did, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).
My friend, Jesus offers hope for the hopeless. He’s our strength and confidence, our rock in times of trouble. Although He never said life would be easy, He gave us this great promise: “Trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 MSG).
So stop looking at the problems you face, and start looking at Jesus. Stay focused on who HE is, and remember who YOU are in Him. Keep standing on His Word no matter what you see happening around you.
When your life is anchored in God’s faithfulness, you will “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Regardless of the storms that may come, your anchor will hold firm and you’ll finish strong!