Life is always changing, isn’t it? Seasons change into other seasons, babies grow to adults, fashions move from one extreme to the next – even the way books are written change. Friends come and go, perspectives switch, jobs dissolve or advance.
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the fog of unpredictability and worry.
Where is the foundation in the winds of change? An anchor for the storm-tossed soul?
Hebrews 6:13-20 gives us an answer here.
13When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.“[c] 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
Basically, God was saying, “Abraham, I will keep my promise to you, PLUS I’ll keep your part of the promise too. I’m THAT trustworthy, Abraham. You can be THAT secure in my love for you…in my promise to you.”
So when Abraham (or his descendents) broke their promise to God, God took the wrath for that broken promise…in the person of Christ. As verse 18 states, “it is impossible for God to lie”.
This picture is of my daughter. We toured a museum about the Titanic and there is a replication of the anchor for the Titanic. See how big it is. Looks pretty solid, doesn’t it? But not even something the size of THAT anchor could save the Titanic.
Okay – now multiply the anchor by infinity and you get the security of God’s love and faithfulness. Nothing can set us adrift when he is our security…because HE’S the anchor. It is HIS strength that keeps us firm through the storm, not our attempts at maneuvering our little boats.
When we start getting nervous or scared about the many changes and unexpected dangers of life, may we remember His love is a sure anchor for our souls, “firm and secure”.