Lent FLOW March 28
March 28, 2018
"We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." Hebrews 6:18-19
In early Christianity the cross wasn’t a commonly seen symbol. Rather, it was the anchor that was often used. The writer of Hebrews uses the image of an anchor to describe the confident hope we have in God.
When a boat is in open water an anchor is used to keep it in place, to prevent it from drifting off in any direction. I love the imagery of hope being the anchor for our souls. Life can be so uncertain at times. We all go through seasons that make us feel as though we are being tossed around in a boat in the midst of a very rocky sea.
Hebrews 6 gives us two examples of people who assure us that hope in God is an anchor for the soul. The first is Abraham. God promised Abraham land and descendants. Even though those promises were threatened many times during his life, Abraham hoped in the anchor of God’s promises and those promises were eventually fulfilled.
The second person is Jesus, “our forerunner.” Jesus ran ahead of us. He ran the race of human life. He ran through death, and he returned victorious to life, rising from the dead.
Following in His footsteps gives us an anchor for our souls. Because he lived, died and rose, we have the same hope for new and eternal life after our time here on Earth has ended.
When the waters of life get rough and we long to see the shore, let our hope be in Jesus, who is our anchor. Our anchor is set. His work is finished. His love is for you and toward you. He is present and near, and He will care for you in this life and in the one to come. I’m so thankful to be anchored in Christ.