Day 2: First Movement - A Sure and Certain Hope

Welcome to day 2 of our devotions for Breakthrough: A Symphony of Prayer. Today we’re going to look at verses 17 to 20 of Hebrews 6.

“Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us.”

 Long before the writer to the Hebrews penned these words, the psalmist writes, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

(Psalms 118:8-9 NLT) In times of trouble or testing, times of uncertainty and confusion, in times of challenge and stress, we can either trust in our own strength, or in other people, but it’s always better to trust in the lord, to take refuge in His absolutely perfect love. Our Hebrews verse today talks about those of us who have fled to him for refuge have this sure and certain hope, a trustworthy anchor for our souls, that leads us to right into the very presence of God.

 We spoke yesterday about not allowing frustration to overtake our waiting.  One of the keys to not allowing our waiting to become frustration is to stay close to God’s presence. It is to allow our challenges to lead us into God’s presence and not to allow them to exclude us from Gods presence. In some ways the phrase “I waited patiently for the Lord” can imply a distance, it can imply waiting for God to show up, it feels he may off somewhere working on our behalf but somehow we are separated from God, and that our waiting is a very lonely place, but we need to realise that just because we are waiting for God’s answer which may take time coming, we don’t have to wait without Him.  We are never forsaken; we are never alone.

 Read again Paul’s assertion when writing to the Romans,

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:38-39 NLT).

Our troubles do not exclude us from God’s presence but push us to follow hard after our Saviour right into the very presence of the most high God.

Our song today is Living hope by Phil Wickham, as you listen allow whatever challenge you now face to send you running to God’s wide-open arms for refuge, to hide yourself fully in this sure and certain hope. YouTube: Phil Wickham, Living Hope