Heb. 6:19,20 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…
Shortly after Katrina hit our city in August of 2005, we purchased an old Lutheran Church to do relief work in the Mid-City area of New Orleans. We were able to house relief workers, feed hundreds of people daily, and conduct church services to help in those early days of rebuilding New Orleans. I remember looking at the stained glass on one of the windows at the church and saw a portion of today’s verse and a picture of an anchor. The Lord imprinted that moment and that verse on my heart that day. You see I was in the storm too and I needed a strong anchor. During those early post Katrina days I found myself looking to Christ in ways I had never needed to before. He proved to be my anchor throughout that whole season which was the storm after the storm. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on the Anchor of our souls.
“We are in this world as a ship at sea, liable to be tossed up and down, and in danger of being cast away. Our souls are the vessels. The comforts, expectations, graces, and happiness of our souls are the precious cargo with which these vessels are loaded. Heaven is the harbor to which we sail. The temptations, persecutions, and afflictions that we encounter, are the winds and waves that threaten our shipwreck. We have need of an anchor to keep us sure and steady, or we are in continual danger. It is stedfast as to its object; it is an anchor that has taken good hold, it enters that which is within the veil; it is an anchor that is cast upon the rock, the Rock of ages. It does not seek to fasten in the sands, but enters within the veil, and fixes there upon Christ; he is the object, he is the anchor-hold of the believer’s hope. As an unseen glory within the veil is what the believer is hoping for, so an unseen Jesus within the veil is the foundation of his hope…”
What kind of storm are you going through today? Maybe you are facing health issues that seem to be too much for yo to bare. Or maybe things have gone very bad with your finances or maybe you are even out of work. Someone may be facing a personal crisis in their family or marriage. All of us are trudging through the cultural storm that seems to be baring down on the very principles of our Christian faith. No matter what kind of storm you are caught in, we all have an anchor. Christ has entered into heaven itself on our behalf, He is praying for us and holding us in His firm grasp.