Anchor of Hope

March 20, 2017 – Monday
anchor
Read:  Hebrews 6:13 – 20, NIV
Focus:  v. 19, NIV

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Two things are mentioned in this portion of Scripture which impact the import of what is stated in these verses regarding the premise that –  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,” (verse 9, NIV). These two things are accepted by most commentators as being the most viable. They are both based on the fact that it is impossible for God to lie. It would be contrary to His nature of holiness for Him to do so. This is quite unlike the Allah of Islam who is repeatedly referred to even in their sacred writings as “The Great Deceiver.” Our God is always exactly who He says He is. It is not in His nature to be otherwise. The two things on which the premise is based are the Promise of God and the Oath of God. His promises always come true and His Oath is sure so that both are securing the premise. Our hope in God is “an anchor for the soul.” I had a friend who would often say, “God said it. I believe it. That’s all there is to it.” He really did have it right.

What does it mean to have an anchor for your soul? Well, it does not mean that you are out there rocking around on the waves of life with no direction or stability. An anchor holds you in place so that you do not drift onto unseen rocks or crash on the seashore. Both can be catastrophic to your ship of life. An anchor keeps you safe in the storms of life. Sometimes the anchor is a “sea anchor” which is a weight at the end of a hawser (big, thick rope) which keeps your ship before the wind. This was especially necessary in the days of sail. Even with modern ships a sea anchor may be necessary in a really bad storm. A sea anchor slows the ship and gives it some steerage way to keep it from the rocks or whatever might endanger it. It also serves to keep it closer to its original course. Other anchors keep you from moving away from a particular spot. It keeps you where you are supposed to be.

Our scripture speaks of an “Anchor of Hope.” Our hope is in the immutable God Who cannot lie and Who always keeps His promises. What more could you ask for. Is anything in this world as immutable as God? Is anything else as powerful as God? No, for He made everything and without Him was not anything made that was made. Our hope of eternal salvation and being in His presence for all eternity is based on the eternal God who does not change and always keeps His Word. What an anchor!

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