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We are told in Hebrews 6 that the anchor of our souls is firm and secure. Such hope serves as a kind safety net in our daily lives.
Hope that reaches beyond this world will be a Safety Net From Fears that assail us. A trapeze artist must put in thousands of hours of practice to be able to amaze the crowds who gather to watch. But she would never be able to practice, especially her most difficult aerobatics, without a safety net. If our future is absolutely secure in the arms of Jesus all of life becomes practice for the real main event.
Hope is a Safety Net From Failure. This kind of Hope does not make us careless. The aerialist certainly finds falling painful even in practice. But she can learn from her falls because they are not fatal. We can risk in the challenges of life because our hope is secure.
You have probably heard the cynics of our time say something like, “Everyone has a price. Everyone will cheat, everyone will be unethical, everyone will sell their highest virtues for the right price.” Christians can escape those temptations, if we keep our eyes on our hope that is out of this world. Hope is a Safety Net in the Face of Temptation. Keeping our hope in mind will strengthen us in the face of any temptation. I don't have to lie, God loves me. I don't have to cheat, my reward in Heaven is certain. I don't have to lust after that thing or that person, my Lord is near, and His return is imminent.
The perspective of a secure hope even gives us a Safety Net in the Face of Success. Our greatest temptations often come in our triumphs. Success can make us prideful and careless. Arrogance makes us disgusting to God. It can even ruin relationships with those we love. But if I can keep my eyes on hope beyond this life, I will be able to say, “This is only worldly success. It is nothing compared to what is waiting for me in Heaven.”