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Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…
Anchor is used by sea vessels to prevent them from being drifted away. An anchor usually is dropped below and digs itself to the sea ground so it can hold the vessel. For whatever purpose that the vessel needs to anchor, the vessel is kept safe in position because of the anchor.
When we went to Honda bay in the summer of 2012, the pump boat that carried us to the islands didn’t use an anchor, but the first thing the boatman did as the pump boat reached the shore is to pull a long 1 inch in diameter rope and tie the boat in the nearest tree trunk. In this way, the boat will not drift away from the shore.
Sometimes, in real life, the anchor secures us. We have different anchors in the form of jobs or work, a permanent position, person that we rely to, our peers or club that we belong to and other things that make us secure, complete, satisfied and almost worry-free. The lack of these in our lives sometimes worries and causes us to belittle or pity ourselves, that is why some are really trying hard to keep these things within their grasp.
I used to think this way, but not when I came to know more about Jesus and my relationship with Him grew deeper. In Hebrews 6:19, It mentioned something about an anchor of the soul. An anchor of the soul referred to a hope which is also mentioned in the prior verses. In Colossians 1:5, it also mentions the same hope, which is stored up for you(us) in heaven and that you(we) have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel (NIV). And in 1 Timothy 1:1, Paul mentions that this hope is Jesus Christ.
Indeed Jesus Christ is our hope – the anchor of our souls. It’s only through Him, that we can find security. His words and promises are pure and true because He never lie, and that’s why we can be sure of Him that whatever He said will happen. The hope that we find in Him is also steadfast. He will do it as He promised in His words.
There are thousands of promises in the Bible. What God wants from us is to trust and acknowledge Him in all our ways (Proverbs 3:5-6). Putting our trust means that we surrender our whole life to Him the same way that we entrust our life to the pilot every time we travel on a plane. Besides trusting Him, God also wants us to Acknowledge Him in everything we do. When we do good – acknowledge Him as the one who helped us through and that without Him, we can do nothing. And when we do bad, acknowledge our mistakes and confess it to Him (1 John 1:9).
In the last verse of the 6th chapter of Hebrews, Jesus Christ has gone to Heaven. We too will experience that and will follow Him when the time comes as He promised. Let us then now fix our eyes on Him and trust that by His grace, He will bless, teach and guide us how to have a fruitful earthly life.