This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
After a few decades of life, we eventually come to acknowledge that we will always live between the unchangeable past and the unknowable future. And, as believers in Jesus, we come to understand that our only source of peace and security in that place, especially when the storms roar around us and the winds threaten to topple us, is in in our unshakable relationship with Jesus Christ, our Rescuer, Redeemer and Lord.
Our confident relationship with Jesus is our sure anchor that leads us through the curtain of works and religion into his holy, restful, restoring presence. In Hebrews 6:18, just before the verse above, we read that it is impossible for God to lie. He promises us that we belong to him and that he has a glorious future planned for us, as we grow into our new identity in Christ and in our relationship with him.
As Jesus has suffered and been tested just as we are, he understands everything we are going through, so we can go to him with confident hope to receive the mercy and grace we need daily. He just doesn’t tolerate our presence with him, he welcomes us into his loving arms. We were created for this. We belong to him. He suffered and died so that we can come and join him there.
Jesus is our true anchor. Our hearts are protected in his peace and love. Our minds are transformed in his truth. Our lives have purpose in his life as his Spirit guides, restores, and partners with us to bring his Kingdom to earth.
May I ask who or what is your anchor today? What person, thing or institution are you relying on for your peace, purpose and security in these uncertain times? Would you choose to exchange them for the One who knows you best and can provide exactly what you need?
Dear friend, may you rest in your intimate relationship with Jesus. Be filled with his love and peace and feel how safe you are with him, even when the storms thunder around you. He is your sure hope, your gracious anchor. Amen.
Mary Sumner, July 1, 2020