Colossians 1:3-6 – We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit…

This scripture shows us that there is hope laid up for us in heaven and that it brings forth fruit. Even when we have NO hope,– Jesus has some stored up in heaven for us. I don’t know about you, but that brings a huge Hallelujah from me!

I received an email from someone that described her walk through her hopeless emotions. She wrote:

“I knew my husband was keeping secrets again. I knew it in my SOUL. So, I asked God to reveal the truth to me…even though I knew it would be hard. Sure enough, within a few days I found a contract to a secret post office box. This isn’t the first time he secured a secret PO box. My hope for a future in our marriage dissolved like cotton candy in water that day. This wasn’t the first time, but he’d promised he would never lie to me again. He promised the counselor he’d never lie again!

I looked at that contract like it was a mistress. I even went to the location of it to verify that is what it was. I didn’t want to believe it. How could he lie…again! The hope I held like a fragile vase, slid out of my fingers and smashed into a million pieces.

I knew I was looking at the end of my marriage. I felt hollow and empty and so lost. Suddenly my future looked dark and heavy.”

Does this resonate with anyone? I know it resonates deeply with me and probably with many of you as well. Betrayal can shatter our hearts, leaving us feeling broken and hopeless.

The Bible talks about there being books in heaven. I truly believe we believers have our own books in heaven. I kind of imagine a vast library in alphabetical order and some books that are finished, and others still in the middle of the writing stage. I want to encourage you that divorce did not finish your book!! “The End” is not written on the page following your divorce.

Heck, there are probably more blank books waiting for you to partner with the Holy Spirit to write them!

But – and this is important – don’t jump to the next chapter until you have healed from this one. Don’t skip to the end of the book. Your hope is in heaven… it is in your walk with Christ. That is the chapter you are in RIGHT NOW if you are feeling hopeless. Your hope is Christ and what He has as your next chapter in His hands.

– Your hope is NOT a new relationship!

– Your hope is not in numbing out – Netflix was my drug of choice for this.

– Your hope is not in stalking your ex to see what they are up to.

– Your hope is NOT in drugs or at the bottom of a whiskey bottle.

– AND…your hope is NOT in finding your next partner.

Your hope is literally in a person – Jesus. And he has hope stored up in heaven when you need it. Don’t go by your feelings. Feelings are fickle and sway with the ebb and flow of emotional waves. Feelings are not truth!

Go by what the word of God says. Jesus is your hope. He is your anchor.

Hebrews 6:17-20 (NIV –  I am typically a purist and love the NKJV, but the NIV says it so clear).

17 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. 18 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. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.

 This passage from Hebrews SHOWS the nature of our hope in Christ. God’s purpose for us is unchanging and clear. He confirmed it with an oath so that we can be greatly encouraged. It is impossible for God to lie. So when He promises hope, you can be assured it is a firm and secure anchor for our souls.

Let’s pause and reflect on what it means to have hope as an anchor. An anchor keeps a ship steady amidst the stormy seas. It holds firm, no matter how fierce the winds or how high the waves. Likewise, our hope in Jesus anchors us in the storms of life. When everything seems to be falling apart, our hope in Him keeps us grounded.

To hear about some practical steps to anchor yourself in hope, take a listen to Episode 3 of my podcast at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-reclaim-and-step-out-after-divorce-christian/id1752761447?i=1000659694433 

Or you can go to the podcast tab on my website: https://redeemed-identity.com/podcast/