In Hebrews 6:19 Paul refers to Jesus as the “anchor of the soul.” He is describing something that holds us secure in the most difficult times and circumstances. He is writing to Christians in the midst of persecution, telling them there is an anchor for their soul to hold them in those difficult times. This anchor of the soul is Jesus, our heavenly High Priest. He is seated before the Father representing mankind and calling us into a fellowship of intimacy. It is that fellowship with the Lord that is our “anchor of hope” that lives behind the veil.
Many of us in southeast Louisiana and the entire gulf coast found this anchor of hope as faithful during our recent experience with Katrina, Rita, etc. We found Jesus as more than enough to satisfy and sustain us in the most difficult of times. Paul spoke of this when he referred to “those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:12). The greatest promise of all is the manifest presence of God which has become our treasure, our portion and more than enough for us in all things.
I believe 9-11 and hurricane Katrina were signs to us of the coming difficult times in our world. There are political, economic, and weather storms brewing and will possibly increase over the months and years to come. We must prepare ourselves spiritually for these times.
In the past, Christians have responded in a natural way to anticipated times of tribulation. As we draw near to Him, we become steadfast and secure, unashamed of the gospel; we then can provide a refuge and hope for others to and come to find shelter from the storms of life.
In the ‘80s we were warned of economic collapse and were told to move to the country and store up our canned goods. We were told similar things as we approached Y2K. I think we need spiritual preparations rather than natural.
When difficult times come, Christians should be at their best. In these times of darkness, our light shines brighter. We are to be lights in the midst of a dark generation.
Our preparation is nothing new. We must consider Jesus, the apostle and High Priest of our confession. We must look again to His heavenly ministry.
As our heavenly minister, He has opened heaven for us. We must draw near to Him. We must draw near to His presence by the blood of Jesus. We must access this new and living way to live our lives.
On the news side, we are open for business at Mary’s Song. Mary’s Song is our Christian rehab for women. It is connected to Teen Challenge and is serving for an intake program for Teen Challenge of Louisiana. Please pray for our workers and the ladies in this program. This is truly a front line ministry. Our facility is beautiful but in need of all the furnishings. Call our office if you want to help.
Blessings to you!