“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19a NIV
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13 NIV
These two verses were both written by Paul. In the first one he says that our hope (our confidence that God will keep His promises to us) is like an anchor. An anchor holds a boat in place in a body of water by digging into the bottom and keeping the boat from drifting.
Do you see the sailboats in the picture above? They are anchored near the coastline. The anchor holds the sailboat in a small area so that it doesn’t get too close to the shore and get stuck or get too far out to sea where the waves are rougher.
The sea, the water, is like God’s everlasting love for you. God created you. He loves you. His love surrounds you like the water surrounds the sailboat. The sailboat is you and your faith in God. Faith is your belief and trust in God. Your faith, your sailboat, holds everything you know to be true about God. Your faith floats on God’s love.
Now the anchor, hope is your anchor. It holds your faith firmly and securely in God’s love. Your hope is your confidence that God will keep all of his promises for you. Your hope knows that God has good plans for your life. Your hope is sure that God is with you. Your hope understands that your sins are forgiven. Your hope realizes that you have a place in heaven.
This week draw of picture of your own faith sailboat, anchored with hope, floating on God’s everlasting sea of love. Share it with your parents.
Blessings as you sail with God through life!