Hebrews 6:18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
We are runners. Well most of us are. I truly do like to run. Do you?
Running to God to grab the promised hope with both hands and to never let go is a powerful mind image. I also like the verses in Philippians which tells us to run the race with endurance. Actually there are more scriptures in the Message on running than on hope. 387.
Grabbing on to God with hope is “an unbreakable spiritual lifeline…” Wow. That is also a powerful image. I imagine a visual image of a strong chain/rope tying me to the ship of God when I’m in the water/ocean hanging on for dear life. I visualize God and Jesus together side by side in the ship holding onto the rope/chain with me on the other end. They love me so much they will never let me go but rather want me to one day board the ship with them. Eternal grace. Eternal vision.
I am thankful for that huge gift of hope.
Dear God, You are our lifeline. Thank you for breathing life and hope into me. Forgive me when I try to make it through life on my own strength. Give me the courage to attach myself to the rope of hope. Amen.