We Have An Anchor
that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
When a ship is resting out at sea in the rough waves and wishes to avoid drifting off course, an anchor would be dropped to hold them in place. When we wish to hang a picture up, we anchor it with a nail or screw to stop it from falling.
As Christians we wish to avoid drifting away from God in the rough ‘sea’ of the world. We do not want to fall, but be held up. We need to have something to hold us in place. What we need is an anchor!
Thankfully, we have been provided with an anchor. As we read above, we have the hope as an anchor for our soul. That great hope can keep us steadfast and sure. The hope that lies before us can secure us in God.
It is the grand hope. It isn’t any hope that can keep us firmly set in godly ways. As we can read in Ephesians 4:4, it is the “one hope”. There is only the one hope that truly matters. And that hope is laid up for us in heaven (Colossians 1:5). It is “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27) that we get from the gospel (Colossians 1:23).
While the hope is one hope, it is one that covers many things. That hope includes being with our Father and Saviour in heaven, having no more pain or sadness, and being with the other children of God. It can be summed up as “the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
We hope to be in the Book of Life and be found faithful on that great Day. We want to be one of the saved ones who will get to enter into the joy of heaven.
Having this great hope in ourselves will keep us rooted in righteousness. If we keep that hope and goal in our minds we will find it acting as an anchor for our souls.
-- John Thrower Jr.