Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.
It is never pleasant to be singled out for grievous treatment because of what you believe. Into this situation the writer addresses them with numerous strong exhortations. As you read the book you can sense this tension. These people needed strong encouragement. Let me put it in easy language by asking you a question. What does the voice of hope sound like? If we are anchored to hope, can we expect that God will secure us? In all the challenges we face we need to be aware that God is with us no matter what it may appear to be. He is the Lord of every situation. He is also bigger than any challenge we may face. When we are anchored to hope, we are not moved.
The metaphor of the anchor is a good picture for us to have in our hearts. When you have a boat on water, there are times when you arrive at your destination that you set your anchor. The reason is so that you will not drift. Delays, at times setbacks, perceived unfairness, unanswered prayer, or having to wait a long time can act like strong winds and a quick running tide. When you are in that situation, it is important to keep yourself anchored to the truth of God’s word.
Sometimes people feel there is no reason to be hopeful. Changing circumstances from good to bad, people who have promised you that they would do a certain thing letting you down, changes in your lifestyle because of our work pressures can all lead to drift in our lives. That is the time that we put our anchor down and hope in the Lord.
In biblical times when a harbour was fogged in, they would send a swimmer over the side of the boat with a rope. Once arrived at a safe place; the swimmer, with the help of others, would pull the boat to safety when nothing could be seen because of the fog. That is an excellent picture of when we get into circumstances that cause us not to clearly see yet we can be pulled to safety.
In the verses prior to this text it talks about God’s promises to Abraham and the surety of them. It simply says what God has said will come to pass. Do not let anyone or the circumstances of your life talk you out of what God has put in your heart. I need to say that if you are anchored in hope, it does not mean that trouble will not come. Trouble will come to you at times, but you will not drift because you are anchored.
Sometimes people drift into worry, false fears, anxieties, and concerns. Let me encourage you to start believing again, start hoping again. Take limits off what God can do. This is a new day. We have a new week and we have a new beginning in front of us. Let’s take courage and continue to bare strong witness of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus. There are many who would love to hear this message. They are all around you waiting to hear the good news of the hope. Stay anchored. You are blessed.