Anchor of the soul
16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because 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. 18 God 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. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
I love this passage. It comes after a very severe warning in scripture that can shake up folks. But this passage is meant to comfort. Vs 18 mentions 2 unchangeable things. The prophet is referring back to Gods purpose and his oath. God cannot lie so when he makes a promise, we can stand on that promise. Another thing about God, his purpose will not be derailed. What he purposes and what he promises does come to pass.
With this in mind, we have a great hope! That hope is an anchor of the soul and it enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. What does this mean? It means that the hope comes from God himself. God's purpose and God's promise will hang on to you. The boat doesn't hold the anchor. The anchor holds the boat. This hope, it comes from God, from behind the curtain in the holy of holies and from his very nature. This anchor is emanates from God himself and from His heart and latches on to us. It then pulls us behind the curtain and into God himself as Jesus leads the way.
Though we are often tossed to and fro by the storms of life, we can take great hope in who God is. He holds onto us and we are in his hands. He draws us into Himself behind the curtain. He is full of grace and enables us to go where we are not worthy to go and to be what we are incapable of being.
I thank God for this anchor of the soul.
Grace and peace,
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.