We recently bought a six-month-old rescue puppy from the Humane Society. He is a strong-muscle-bound dog. When we go for a walk, I have a firm grip on the leash.

My daily walks with him have compelled me to see one of my memory verses in a whole new light.

First let’s take a look at the verse:

Hebrews 6:19 ~ This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, leading us past the outer curtain and in to the inner sanctuary. 

Our hope is in the Lord. Our salvation in Him gives us access to Him. 

The other day I read Hebrews 6:19 in several different translations, a number of which provided a more vivid picture for me. This hope we have anchors us to the inner sanctuary

Think about it, just as I had a firm hold on my puppy’s leash – God has a firm hold on us. We are tethered to the inner courts. The anchor for our soul holds fast and secure. The very fact that we have access, we have God’s attention, and we have His involvement – allows us to live with great hope.

Scripture reminds us that our hope in HIM purifies us (See 1 John 3:3). 

We are so quick to look at our circumstances and to become hopeless, or to look at our superior efforts, and become prideful. But the One who put the stars in place holds everything important in His hand. It’s in His hand to make great, to establish, and to bring the break through at the right time.

If, while at the bottom of our pit of despair, we let go of hope, we let go of the rope – of the anticipation and expectation that our God has us and will come through for us. The thing is, we can walk away from our end of the rope, but He never will. 

Read this wonderful passage from the Message paraphrase:

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope (Colossians 1:5). 

You are tethered to the inner courts of God, held fast by your loving Savior. NEVER give up hope! Never quit! Though everything around you screams hopelessness – you have a living hope and His name is Jesus. 

He will make a way where there seems to be no way.