Psalm 62:5-8 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2062:5-8&version=NKJV )
Medical researchers often make use of a placebo — a “sugar pill” — when doing controlled studies of the impact of medicines. Subjects who receive the placebo sometimes exhibit a “mind over matter” improvement; the very thought that they are getting something tangible provides a boost to their response.
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Critics of Christianity often accuse believers of using an intangible idea like hope as a placebo to give them a boost in difficult times. And they have a point: Hope is intangible; it occupies no physical space; it can’t be proven by science. Almost anticipating those objections, the author of Hebrews compared intangible hope to a tangible object — a ship’s anchor. Hope, the writer says, is “both sure and steadfast,” exactly as we think of a heavy anchor that keeps a ship from drifting. Hope may be intangible but its effects are not. Even when the winds blow in the present, keeping hope fixed on Christ‘s presence keeps us firmly in place.
Hope, like faith, is only as good as its object. The Christian’s hope is in an object, an anchor, named Jesus. If you find yourself drifting, make sure your connection to Him is strong.
True faith is ever connected with hope.
By David Jeremiah.