“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20
The promise of Jesus as my hope is an anchor for my soul. This anchor of hope is not set on the ocean floor, but this anchor is within the presence of God in the inner sanctuary. This anchor of hope is not going anywhere – it is firm and secure.
When the storms of life come crashing in on the ship I’m sailing, I am not looking for a C.S. Lewis quote on how to respond to trouble. I am not searching for one more cliche. I am praying that the anchor for my ship is both strong enough and real enough to endure this storm. I know what the promise of God is. I know in my heart of hearts this hope is an anchor for my soul, and that it enters the inner sanctuary.
There are two very challenging things about the promise of this anchor of hope.
The first is that the storm isn’t letting up. This is the reason I’m focusing on this anchor of hope. If there wasn’t a storm, it would be smooth sailing. But the storm continues. And I hope that this “anchor of hope” is everything I believe it is. Even more, I hope Jesus is everything He says He is. Because that is where my hope is, especially when the storm rages on.
The second challenging aspect is that the anchor is invisible. That is part of how anchors work. You may be able to see the line from the ship into the sea, but I am only anchored when I cannot see that which anchors my ship in the midst of the storm. It is hard to believe in what we cannot see. God knows it is difficult for us to trust Him. I wonder if that is part of the reason He gave us the Psalms. So that we can have prayers to pray when faith, hope, and trust vanish from our minds and our hearts melt in the moment. There are prayers others have prayed in their storms, and they found God in those prayers. Even in the moments when God seemed more distant and invisible than ever.
You and I don’t need another perfect quote, do we? We need hope. We need an anchor. And in the storms that happen, we will hope that we have anchored deep.
The good news is that we did not determine where our hope was anchored when we believed in Jesus. God chose the place for the anchor of our hope to rest, and it is in the deepest place an anchor could be. Our lives are anchored in hope within the inner sanctuary where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. Even more than this, look at what Jesus does for those who place their hope in Him.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
When you come to Jesus, you are completely saved, and He is always interceding for you.
I would give you the encouragement to anchor deep for the storms of life are either present in your life, or they will come. The good news is that God already took care of the location and the depth of the anchor. There is no deeper place you can be anchored than in the presence of God with Jesus interceding on your behalf.