Anchor for the Soul

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love. –1 Corinthians 13:13

When God says faith, hope, and love last forever, he names them as immortal powers. A life without faith has no meaning; a life without love isn’t worth living; a life without hope is a dark cavern from which you cannot escape. These things aren’t simply "virtues." Faith, hope, and love are mighty forces meant to carry your life forward, upward; they are your wings and the strength to use them.

I believe hope plays the critical role. You’ll find it pretty hard to love when you’ve lost hope; hopelessness collapses into Who cares? And what does it matter that we have faith if we have no hope? Faith is just a rigid doctrine with nothing to look forward to. Hope is the wind in your sails, the spring in your step. Hope is so essential to your being that Scripture calls it "an anchor for the soul" (Hebrews 6:19).

In an untethered world, we need a hope that can anchor us.
Hope is unique; hope looks forward, anticipating the good that is coming. Hope reaches into the future to take hold of something we do not yet have, may not yet even see. Strong hope seizes the future that is not yet; it is the confident expectation of goodness coming to us.

"Pause and ask yourself, How is my hope these days? Where is my hope these days?"

Excerpt From: John Eldredge. "Restoration Year."
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