Write or read aloud the Reflection Scripture:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 ESV
Going Deeper into Loving Others led us to discover Respect, Share, and Give form the threefold cord of Encourage which leads us to Hope: the anchor of our faith.
What does the Reflection Scripture tell us to hold fast to?
“Hold fast the confession of our hope.” Confession in this sense is synonymous with profession. Believers are told to hold fast to the faith or belief on which their hope is based.
How do you see the confession of our hope fit into the picture of our faith actions as cord and anchor?
The holding fast to our confession of hope is the knot tying cord to anchor. Sometimes we confuse our specific hopes with our One Hope. They can be like many small anchors tied along the one cord keeping us connected to the One Hope.
Consider the specific hopes you’re longing for. The ones which have kept you waiting and waiting. What about those tiny anchors gives way to sinking hope? How can they wear away at your cord of encouragement leading to hope?
We now know we have only One Hope: Jesus. He is the Yes to all God’s promises (2Corinthians 1:20).
Jesus is a far greater hope than anything we hope for in this world. By professing our hope in Him we tie a knot which holds fast and never leaves us unanchored in life’s storms.
How can you tighten the knot on your anchor of One Hope through profession of faith? Are you confessing God’s promises as hope?
Instilling long-lasting never-let-go hope into our hearts is accomplished by clinging to the confession of our hope. Ask Him for the faith to change the focal point of your hope.
Read Nehemiah 8:1-12
The Jews returned from exile in Babylon. They rebuilt the temple and wall around Jerusalem. Next, they returned to the Word.
What was the demeanor of those present? Is it different from the way you approach Scripture? Why do you think they were so attentive?
In addition to reading the Word, what else was provided? How did the people react? Where do you see hope being instilled in the reading and understanding of Scripture?