ODJ: anchor of hope
December 11, 2013
READ: Hebrews 6:13-20
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary (v.19).
When we think of retirement it may be that visiting exotic islands, lying in hammocks and enjoying endless days of leisure come to mind.
Well, that’s not Estella Pyfrom’s idea of retirement. Pyfrom, a retired teacher and daughter of migrant farm workers, spent all of her retirement funds to serve others. She bought a bus, decked it out with computers and desks and now drives throughout the district where she taught, providing a place for underprivileged children to do homework and learn technology. Struggling students flock to what she’s labelled the “Brilliant Bus”—and find hope.
The writer of Hebrews reminded believers that during difficult times they could find hope in Jesus. The writer described this hope as an anchor (Hebrews 6:19). The anchor was an ancient metaphor for stability. Despite the reality of apostasy around them, hope found in Jesus provided stability and security for their souls and kept them from drifting away from their faith. The anchor of hope and security had been carried to the safest point of all by Jesus—the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. As a High Priest forever, Jesus gave the believers hope that could not and would not be shaken loose (v.20). Because this was true, believers in Jesus could hold on tenaciously to Him.
Jesus is the hope that anchors our souls. Our relationship with Him brings us close to the throne of grace, where we can cast all our cares upon an all loving and all powerful God. Let’s draw near and cling to Him through whatever difficult trials we’re facing. His love will provide strength, peace, comfort and—most of all—hope that will hold firm in any storm. —Marvin Williams
Read Romans 8:28-39 and write down some truths about God that provide anchors for difficult and uncertain times in life.
When are you most tempted to drift away from your faith? Why is it vital to remember that you’re anchored in Jesus during those times?