In the last one of these that I put up on here, I said that righteousness is not something that we have to strive towards, it is something that we are given freely for believing in our Savior, Jesus Christ. It cannot be attained through our own actions. We cannot even come close to it by our own good works. In all seriousness, if we were to be completely open and honest, the majority of us very rarely do the things that we would even begin to consider righteous. In fact, a lot of the time, we do the very opposite.
It is just so much easier and often times even more fun to just fall away. Sometimes we just do not want to care. We just wish nothing mattered. We get fed up with trying so hard to be good. Because we fail. We get in this frame of mind where we have convinced ourselves that there is no hope left for us. We lose sight of the things of above. The calling He has placed on our lives. We feel like all of that is gone because we messed up. But Hebrews 6:9 says, “we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation.” The rough times will end. If we will seek God in the times where we have royally messed up, He will show Himself to us. If we can be humble enough.
Verse 10 reads, “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name,” and this means that we should not forget those things either. Just because we mess up once doesn’t mean all is lost. The way we view our sin determines how it will affect our lives. There are pretty much two outcomes of sin. Either it takes over our hearts and minds, smothers us, and gives us over to more sin or we take it in stride and realize that it is not us doing the things which we do not want to do, but the sin nature that dwells within us (Romans 7:20). It can either control us or we can overcome it, having such “diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end? (verse 11).
God will never leave us nor forsake us. His word states this. In this we have hope until the end, just as the verse states. No matter how far out of touch we get. No matter how far we attempt to travel alone, He will still be with us. Until the very end, when we will be with Him in paradise. Our hope is in this: that He was forsaken and suffered on our behalves so we could live and live more abundantly. Because of this, the greatest display of love ever given, “we who have taken refuge?have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us? (verses 18-20). Hope has been set before us, given to us as a gift. We just have to recognize it, take notice of it, embrace it. It has always been there, we might just have never noticed it there before. Especially not in the times when we get stuck on our own disgracefulness, our own unrighteousness. We realize that neither in our own hands nor in the hands of men does hope rest. Only in things unseen, in things from above.
The thing that gets me (I am about to attempt to construct a verbal picture for you) is that hope is the anchor of the soul. What a vivid and real display of how much weight hope holds and bears. It grounds our souls, keeps our hearts. It is like we are a ship (go with me on this one) and hope is the anchor stuck in the ocean floor. Apparently the chain connecting us to the anchor is infinitely long, for we can travel as far away from the anchor, from God, from hope, from faith, as we want. We can travel to the ends of the world out of fellowship with our Creator, but that chain is still there attached to that anchor, to our hope. And the most amazing part is that we always have the option to find our way back to the hope that rests in our God. He is waiting, wanting for us to return.
That hope is unwavering and unchanging. God desires “to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose? (verse 17). He wants us to know hope, to know His amazing love.
I hope and pray that this is as amazing to you as it is to me.