WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD March 29, 2023
Hope: Anchor For the Soul
Hebrews 6:19 NLT
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for souls, it leads us
through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
To say that we are living in changing times is to make the understatement of the day. We live today in what is referred to as the information age, brought on by the computer and the Internet, and we all know how these innovations have changed our lives. From the way we communicate with each other today, to the way we keep our books, to the way we do business and shop, seemingly everything today is changing – almost every day.
All kinds of information is today at our finger tips; you don’t have to go to the library anymore, in fact, some young people hardly know what that is anymore. You go to the Web. You don’t have to go to the store for lots of things anymore; You shop online. All kinds of forces use these easy means to try to influence us and win us over to their way of thinking and living. In that respect our world is also a very dangerous world today, an uncertain world and a very, very challenging one for parents and for young people alike.
Add to that the breakneck speed at which everything is expected to operate today. Everything has to be done instantly, if not sooner. We are all in a hurry; things have to get done right now. There’s no time to think, no time to meditate, no time to read the Bible. Get with it! We have things to do and places to go and there is no time to waste!
In a world of all kinds of change and uncertainty and fear and breakneck speed. He is the anchor of our soul. In the face of all the questions, which are asked from a number of different perspectives – For example: How long will the good times continue? What if global warming produces all of the dire things some predict? Is there going to be widespread drought and starvation? Or, from a much more personal point of view: What are we going to do when our health fails, or if we meet with a catastrophic accident?What will happen when we, or a loved one, dies? Or from yet another perspective: What is the future of the Church? Will it continue to deteriorate and apostatize, as it seems to be doing in many places today? I say, in the face of all those questions and many, many more which all of us face in everyday life, we have an anchor, firm, and secure.
We have to face all of those questions and possibilities in the light of the personal question posed by the words of the beautiful, old hymn: “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, will your anchor drift, or firm remain?”
By the Grace id God, the answer of the child of God comes: “We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure, says the Scripture. Let the winds blow. Let the waves surge. Let the questions fly. Let the threats come. Let the world speed on. We have an anchor! We have a hope! We have stability here and now and eternity guaranteed in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love. AMEN!