As we shared yesterday, when sailing it is so important that you have a good anchor to keep you from drifting away. In life, we also need a strong anchor to keep us grounded when life’s storms hit. The Bible tells us about a surprising anchor that God has given us.
“Lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast”Hebrews 6:18-19
Hope as an anchor?
That doesn’t sound right. We usually think of hope as being quite uncertain. At best, it’s about a possibility what might happen.
But this hope is “sure and stedfast”.
We can be absolutely certain that right now God sees us as worthy and that, in the future, we will live eternally in his presence. We can be confident because this hope is based on Christ’s complete and completed work for us. He has already kept the commandments for you. He has already washed away your sins with his blood.
“Lay hold upon”, or trust, this hope. When crises swirl around you with hurricane force; when problems pound you like gigantic waves; this anchor can keep you steady.
Other anchors may look appealing, but you cannot trust them.
There is only ONE trustworthy anchor, Jesus Christ.
Don’t trust in anybody or anything else. Lay hold of him and you will ride out the storms of life.
FOR FURTHER REFLECTION:
- What are some other “anchors” you might be tempted to trust?
- Why is trusting in our own goodness not a good anchor (see Romans 3:10)? Why not money or material things (see Matthew 6:19)?
Where do you turn in times of trouble?
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Additional Questions You Might Have
Why did Jesus come for us?
He was born for one specific purpose: to be our substitute, doing all things necessary for us to live eternally with Heavenly Father.
Are there different levels of sin?
The American legal system has an extensive classification of crimes. But the Bible doesn’t do that in regard to sin.