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Can you have hope that is certain?

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. (Hebrews 6:17,18)

Disappointed in mankind

Someone promises you that he will do his best for you. But then he leaves, gets busy with his own life and forgets about the promise. You are waiting and waiting, but you never hear back from him again, and you end up being disappointed in this person and his promise.

God knows about human nature and how we are disappointed in others and they in us. So when He gives a promise, He wants to make sure that we understand that He will fulfill it. First, the example of Abraham is given: to him offspring is promised even though he and his wife are old. When God gave the promise, He swore by himself to make clear to Abraham that He could be trusted with His word. God’s promise is unchangeable and His oath is unchangeable, too. Abraham and Sarah had to wait for 25 more years before the promise finally was fulfilled. But they received a son from God’s hand! It was by patiently waiting on the Lord that they obtained the promise.

God gives you hope

Now, what is the promise that God is giving to us? It is that we find salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the hope set before us. It is not the sort of hope that might or might not come true. To cling to this hope does not exhaust you or disappoint you. No, it gives strength because there is a certainty in it, the certainty that God does not lie, not ever.

Jesus entered the inner place behind the curtain to shed His own blood for our sins. By doing this, He made a new and living way to the Father. It is open to every person who trusts in Jesus.

Are you disappointed in other people? Reflect on this Bible verse and direct your thoughts to God, who gives you a promise that will never disappoint.

How does this Bible passage speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

Read: Hebrews 6:13-20

Also read: God always keeps his promises

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Biblword is a ministry of GlobalRize. Marten Visser is the founding director of GlobalRize. Marten is a pastor from The Netherlands with long years of experience as a missionary in Thailand. We now have around 200 people from all over the world involved in GlobalRize’s ministry. Besides the English page, Biblword also exists in 13 other languages on Facebook.

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