“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19).
The author of Hebrews has been seeking to encourage the recipients of this letter by reminding them of the trustworthiness, reliability, and dependability of God and His Word. Everything and everyone in life is always changing and unstable, yet God, nor His purpose, nor what He has declared ever changes (Hebrews 6:18). In a world that is fickle and fixated on the next fad, God can be counted on. He will do what He said He would do. In this we can be sure.
In fact, the author uses the words “sure and steadfast” to reinforce this point. The word “sure” can also be translated unfailing, certain, and reliable and the word “steadfast” speaks of what is solid, firm, and dependable. In our lives, many if not most things around us are unsteady and unstable. The only way we will ever feel safe and secure is when we place our hope squarely upon God and His Word. I love the picture of an anchor here for how our hope in God steadies us as it digs into Him. Our hope truly is that steadying influence in our lives and it is for this reason that the recipients are exhorted to hold fast to the hope set before them in 6:18. Our hope is set because it is settled in the Word of God and whatever God has said will happen is destined to be. Nothing or no one can thwart the plan or purposes of God. “O Lord, your instructions endure; they stand secure in heaven or forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
Even though this world is passing away and heading toward its ultimate demise, the words of our Bible and the glorious promises contained within it are eternal and unchanging. Glory Hallelujah! This acknowledgement and realization is our soul’s anchor. For many Christians in the first century, the symbol of the anchor was more prevalent than even the cross. There are more anchors etched on the walls of the catacombs in Rome than any other symbol. When ancient mariners wanted to study the ship at sea during a storm they would take the anchor in a smaller boat and place it on the nearest shore. The author of Hebrews reminds us all that if God is our refuge and our confidence is in His word, that Jesus carries our anchor into the very presence of God in heaven (Hebrews 6:19-20). Jesus carries our hope with Him to the realities of the unseen world.
So many people today are seeking to navigate life without an anchor for their soul. Don’t be one of them. Find your refuge in God and hold fast to the hope that His Word provides. We can withstand whatever storms come when our hope in God anchors our soul. Be anchored in Christ today. Stay anchored in Christ always.