By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” – Hebrews 6:19
In just a couple of days, we will be celebrating the wonders of Christmas with our families, and we will be celebrating a time of joy and hope. Undoubtedly over the course of Christmases past, this holiday has become a time where we have started to put our hope in material things, such as gifts and finding the right sale. Job 8:13 says, “such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What they trust in his fragile.” This verse is reminding us that individuals who forget about God ultimately forget about true hope. We need to make sure that during the season of Christmas, we don’t lose the true hope of Christmas, which is found in the arrival and our gratefulness of the constant presence Jesus has with us in our hearts.
But what exactly is hope? Firstly, hope is not optimism. Optimism is saying that everything is okay, but hope instead says that the world is broken and sinful, but there is potential for the world to heal. Abraham is an exemplary individual who portrayed hope in testing situations. Romans 4:18 says, “against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it.” Abraham had unwavering hope founded in God, and we as Christians today should learn to have that kind of hope. To me personally, I believe there are three types of hope. There is
- wishful hope
- expectant hope
- certain hope
Wishful hope and expectant hope are both similar in that 9 out of 10 times, they will fail us. Our wishful thinking and expectations will most likely let us down. Certain hope, however, is a hope not based on feelings, but a strong promise we are sure will happen. Hebrews 6:19 clearly defines a vision of certain hope in God. It says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” So, according to this verse, our certain hope in God is reliable, strong, trustworthy, and an anchor for our souls.
During this Christmas season, we should all take the time to remember the certain hope we had many years ago with his coming, the hope that He is with us today, and the hope that we will come back again. Our central hope is something that should be rooted in Jesus. And this is the hope that we should celebrate and embrace every year.