The Soul’s Anchor
“For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 6:16-20
Our souls have a tendency to drift with the wind and the tide. So we need an anchor. We can easily be blown off course without it. Feelings, emotions, physical ailments and discomforts, mental stresses and the bombardment of negative words or circumstances of our days, all these can drive us away from a sure and steady faith and trust in God’s goodness and grace.
The anchor for our souls is that God has not only declared His Word, but He has sealed it with an oath for the sake of His covenant people. He has sworn by Himself that He will not fail to keep His Word. Now the important and indeed essential part of this for us is we must know His Word. We must know what is promised to us so that we can take hold of it by faith and stand firmly in it when the winds of opposition come to throw us off course.
The hope that anchors our souls is this. God does not and cannot lie. The Holy Spirit in us assures us of the resurrection from the dead and the certainty that we have eternal life. Now it is our absolute right and privilege to take hold of that life in all its fullness and live more abundantly now in this time and in the world to come.
Things may shake and hard times may come, but we have a steady, sure and confident anchor in our Lord Jesus Christ that will not be moved. So, we trust Him and rejoice in His mercy, His provision, His love and His grace.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
The hymn writer expressed it this way.
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
By Annie S. Hawkes