Anchored in Hope. Anchored in Him.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
Hebrews 6:19 ESV

Anchors. They are extremely useful to boaters, for they secure the vessel to the bottom–to the foundation. Winds may blow, currents may flow, but a boat anchored will remain in place.

In the above passage, the writer of Hebrews mentions “this” as the anchor, the hope, for the believer. What is the “this”?  I believe it is God and His promises. Read with me the verses preceding the above verse:

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 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.
Hebrews 6:13‭-‬18 ESV

We can take God’s promises to the bank. For He cannot lie. What God has promised will surely come to pass. This is what kept the prophets of old steadfast and immovable; and it is what should anchor us as well.  When we are anchored in Christ Jesus–anchored in hope–anchored in the knowledge He  who promised is faithful–winds may blow, the waves may smash against us, and the current may be strong, but we will not be moved.

A person anchored in hope cannot be moved.

Even more, a person anchored in hope enters and remains in God’s presence. Look at Hebrews 6:19b-20:  a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

In the Old Testament times, only the high priest could go behind the inner curtain into the Holy of Holies–and even that was permitted only once a year. But Jesus tore down that curtain. Jesus opened up the way for all of us to enter God’s presence when He paid the price for our sins once and for all. This means our hope not only secures us from the storms, but also it anchors us in His Presence. When we have Jesus–God’s greatest Promise fulfilled–as our hope. When we walk in full assurance all God’s promises find their yes in Him. Then we are not only secured by His Presence, but we are sheltered by His Presence as well. God with us anchors us.

If we allow him to.

So I encourage you today to hold fast to your confession of faith, to anchor yourself in the hope that is found only in Christ Jesus. He is our hope. He is our anchor. And even though an anchor does not prevent the storms from coming, the waves from crashing, and the winds from blowing, being anchored in Christ Jesus will keep you secure. It will keep you from being blown away. It will keep you from being blown to and fro.

So hold fast to your confession of faith. Hold fast to the anchor of hope. Hold fast to the One who cannot be moved. Hold fast. And know this:  He who cannot be moved will keep you secure. Because He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

 

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