My Anchor In All Things Visible and Invisible
“We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:18b, 19a).
We have anchor, and through him we are given hope and a chance for salvation.
How thankful we should be for the blessed anchor of hope we have in Jesus! This anchor is “firm and secure.” The daily verse is the only place in the Bible where the word “anchor” is used figuratively. (It is used literally in Acts 27 during Paul’s shipwreck.) The CCLI song database lists 79 songs that refer to the spiritual anchor and this list doesn’t even include many of the old hymns.
The Greek word for anchor is Aγκυρα (ankura) Our English word anchor is merely a transliteration of this word! The anchor was used in the Greek world as a picture for hope.
Believers all throughout the ages have received assurance in their hearts as they consider the security an anchor provides in the midst of battering storms. I am so gripped by the early part of the daily verse, “We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.” This hope is what the believer has “fled to take hold of.” We flee from all the worldly sources of temporal hope to the only true and lasting source of hope. Once we firmly take hold of this hope we are indeed “greatly encouraged.”
Hope, as used in the Bible, is not a wishful thought but a confident expectation of absolute certainty. The Holman Bible Dictionary offers this insight: “Hope is the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future.”
There are two qualities to this anchor of hope that may seem similar in the English, but indeed express two complimentary truths. It’s a firm and secure hope. It’s as if the Holy Spirit wants to make it absolutely clear to us, beyond the shadow of a doubt, just how dependable this anchor is!
We have an anchor and I want to encourage you to take hold of the anchor that is immovable. It will weather the worst storm. Truly, this anchor of hope we have in Jesus Christ is firm and secure! Rest in this blessed assurance today. Perhaps you’re in that wind-tossed storm right now. Or there may be a storm on the horizon. God and His Word provide the steady anchor and sure foundation. Today let us focus on the immutable God, whose Word has promised: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:3,4).
Be encouraged today,