What good is an anchor? If you have your boat sitting in the middle of a swimming pool in your backyard, it is of no value at all. Where would it go it the anchor didn’t hold? What would the anchor grab hold of anyway? Anchors are of value in moving water when you want the boat to remain steady and in one place. If you are trying to fish in a river where the water is swift and you really don’t want to be washed all the way down the river, you need a strong anchor that will hold or you may be shocked when you get ready to load up at the end of the day and head home, only to realize you are several miles down river from where you thought you were.
Spiritually we need an anchor because it is extremely easy in life to drift. I suspect that just about every person that has been a Christian for a rather long period of time can look back on some period in their life when they got caught up in some activity and without realizing it went into a time of spiritual drift. We can now praise God that something happened along the way that gave us the spiritual wake up call so that we realized we were drifting and made some major changes in our life to get things back on course. In Hebrews 6 the Holy Spirit warned the people that they needed to get back on the grow with God or they were going to “Fall away” from the Lord and lose their soul in the process. He then encouraged them by telling them he believed better things about them and things that accompanied salvation. From there he moved to discuss the powerful promises of God on which we can depend. Using the illustration of God’s promise to Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a son, and even though they went through doubts and tried to help God out in the process God stuck with the promise so that when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90 she gave birth to a son and called him laughter. That is what the word “Isaac” means. Have you ever met a kid named laughter? What a neat name.
You can depend on God’s promises. He cannot lie. “It is impossible for God to lie.” So we can take hold of the hope God has set before us and the result is that we may be greatly encouraged. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)
Think about this whole thing for a moment. God made us a promise. God can’t lie so his promise is totally secure. His promise gives us hope which serves as the anchor for our soul. What is hope? We use the word all the time but I really think we misuse it more often than we use it correctly. You may hear someone say, “I hope I win the sweepstakes and get that million dollars.” “I hope that pony I bet my fifty dollars on wins the race even though it is picked to come in last.” “I hope my son becomes a doctor and saves the lives of multitudes of people even though he is already 50 years old and hasn’t finished high school.” It is obvious we use the word to mean what we wish for, but is that really what the word means? The reality is that the word “hope” means an equal mixture of two things. It is the mixture of “desire” and “expectation” in equal proportion. There are many things in life we expect to happen but have no desire to take place so they couldn’t be said to be hoped for. There are multitudes of other things that we desire to happen but really don’t expect to ever take place so they can’t be said to be a thing we hope for. When we long for a thing to happen and believe with all our heart that they are going to happen, then we can say it is something we hope for.
So when we say that we hope to have eternal life, it is something we long for with all our being and that based on God’s grace and our obedience to him that we expect to take place. That kind of hope serves as the very anchor of our soul. Then when the current around us is swift and the challenges are extreme, we can still place our trust and hope fully in our God. That hope we have enters behind the curtain into the very sanctuary of God in heaven. Remember in the tabernacle first and then in the temple there was the curtain that divided the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. That Most Holy Place was where the mercy seat was found and where the presence of God was to abide. So when our hope serves as the anchor thrown in behind that curtain, into the Most Holy Place, or Sanctuary of God we go into the very presence of the Lord. That anchor secures our future with God and pulls us closer to him every day. We know where He is. We know that Jesus our great high priest has entered there for us and has placed his precious blood on the altar of God on our behalf. We are cleansed in that blood and enter with our Lord into God’s presence forever.
What an anchor! What a holding spot! What a hope! Don’t miss it!