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Church Talk: Jesus, our anchor of hope

Friday 27 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features


Church Talk: Jesus, our anchor of hope
Members of Avarua Ekalesia perform at the Nuku Day celebrations (Gospel Day) held at the Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka yesterday. MELINA ETCHES/23102601

In a world facing uncertain times, people are looking for answers. They are seeking for hope now more than ever, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

We all want to know, that everything is going to be ok, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Hope can be difficult to find when the things of this world seem to be pulling you down.

It’s no wonder why so many of us experience anxiety. When all you see and hear is bad reports that is impacting our world community on the news … with the ongoing threat of war and its search of peace, plummeting economies, sexual abuse issues, cyclones and other natural disasters which is impacting the livelihood of many, addictions, crime, and the list goes on. Even in our own backyard, our ongoing battles with non-communicable diseases (NCD) affect our everyday lives. With the ongoing threats to society, these disruptions are forcing us to change the way we live, and we could quite easily be swept up in the chaos of the world.

The Bible says, there will come a day, when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so “the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27-28). Our world is definitely being shaken with all that’s going on. But praise God, our faith is an anchor to hold us firm, so we can remain steadfast, in our hope, in Him.

So what does this shaking mean for us? It means we must discover the hope in Jesus, amongst the chaos and uncertainty of the times we live in. We must not only know what the Word of God says, we must also believe in it and build our lives upon it. Then, we will be able to say as David did, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). Then hope will be more than a nice theory – it will be our moment-by-moment reality.

The good news is, the hope that is available to us, is still alive and well. The Bible reveals that Jesus is hope for the hopeless. He’s our refuge, our strength, and our Rock in times of trouble. Although He never said that life would be easy, He gave us this great promise: “Trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 MSG).

Jesus has already overcome the enemy and provided His Word, as a faithful anchor for us, when the storms of life come.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

So choose to stop looking at the storm you face and start looking at Jesus. Stay focused on who He is, and stand on His Word no matter what you see happening around you.

Ask the Lord to give you a new perspective, showing you who He is and who you are in Him. Your Father is the Creator of the universe, and you are His workmanship, His child, and the love of His life.

My prayer for you today is this: “that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 ERV).

Remember, when your eyes are fixed on Him, your hope will become alive and indestructible!