Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Anchor of the Soul

The poet writes, “Hopelessness is wringing the lifeblood out of multitudes of people.”  It’s true.  We are haunted by hopelessness.  It kills our spirit and chokes any sense of optimism or anticipation.  It leads to suffering, loneliness, despair, and suicide.
When we lose hope we lose will-power.  We are left empty and afraid.  In the final analysis no hope can come from the government in Washington.  It cannot come from educational achievement or business success, either.
Without hope we grope in darkness.  It is like the blind leading the blind.  Lost hope is the undertaker’s best friend.  It was Sir Thomas Lipton of England, a multimillionaire and winner of many boat races, who shortly before dying, said:  “I’d give up every trophy in my collection for the one I haven’t got” – that is a hope of heaven and eternal life.  It is hope that cheers the child of God for “…the righteous hath hope in his death” (Prov. 14:32).  It is hope that serves as a sure and steadfast anchor of the Christian’s soul (Heb. 6:19).  Hope is the stimulus to action and the incentive to achievement.  How strong is your hope?

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