Do you have hope?
There is an interesting word in the Hebrew often translated as hope. The word is Tiqvah (Strong's H8615) and it literally means rope or cord.
It gives a fresh understanding to this verse.
"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and come to their end without hope." - Job 7:6 ESV
Days can quickly pass as we watch threads form a garment but we ourselves are not aware of the cord that connects us to a good ending.
"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Behold, we did not know this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off." - Proverbs 24:10-14 ESV
A person can be strong when there is a firm cord to use as their strength. Ask a fisherman for five good uses for a strong rope and he will give you ten off the top of his head. Strong cords are very useful to fisherman. They are very useful to those who fish for men also.
God will never cut the cord of those that believe in His Son. That hope is firm and reliable.
"So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain," - Hebrews 6:17-19 ESV
God isn't moving. The anchor will hold. God can not lie. The cord can not be cut. If we go to Him as our refuge then our soul is safe.
The Gospel of grace has given me the option to have faith in the God of all grace. The moment I believed a connection was formed. I have hope because of that and I'm praying people will see my hope this week.
The message gives us a lifeline to cast to others. If they grab hold then the Spirit of God will real them in and The God who loves us will never leave or forsake them either.