Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; (Hebrews 6:19)
In society and even within our local community it seems that many are searching and seeking for hope that personal desire coupled with confidence of obtaining a specific goal. In the most childlike of analogies, hope could be identified as the desire a young child may have to grow up and become a professional athlete, a singer, a police man, a doctor, an astronaut or a long list of any other professions.
Just in my few 27 years of life, I have seen instances when there are husbands and wives that are struggling to "keep their marriage together." They want hope the hope of having a marriage that brings peace and contentment rather than turmoil and strife. There are individuals with physical issues like cancer, a terminal illness or a chronic, life-long pain who search for hope, that hope of deliverance or healing from the physical condition. Then there are those times when all things in life seem to be doing well and there is the hope that nothing will change and life will continue to progress without problems.
I recall an instance that another pastor shared with me he had experienced while counseling a teenager. One Sunday night the pastor preached a sermon on the topic of the just living by faith. After the service the teen asked the pastor if he would be willing to talk with him about the sermon the pastor had just given. The pastor opened the conversation by asking the teen what he would like to talk about. The teen's only and opening statement was "I have no faith.
Caught off guard by the teen's statement the pastor, quietly within his mind, asked the Lord to grant him the wisdom and counsel that he would need to give this teenager. Immediately the Holy Spirit gave him this verse to use in his counseling after all is there any better counsel than that of the Word of The Lord? "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for"... Hebrews 11:1A. The pastor then asked the teenager about his hopes. The teenager replied "I have no hope."
Friend, I have found that there are many that at some point in life have had that same feeling of hopelessness. I would like to propose to you that biblically not only can you have hope, but also you can have a hope that is able to be the "anchor of the soul.
An anchor by definition is "a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay." If you are willing to accept Him and allow Him, Jesus Christ is willing to be the anchor of your soul. If you accept Him, not only is He willing to be your anchor, but He will also give you hope. "Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" (Colossians 1:27) Jesus is or can be your Anchor of Hope.
Even greater is that this Anchor of Hope is not offered to just the poor, or just to the rich, to the introvert or to the extravert, to the religious or to the non religious, to the Baptist, the Methodist, the Nondenominational, the Muslim, the Presbyterian, the Lutheran, but to ANY who are willing to confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that God hath raised Him (Jesus) from the dead. (Romans 10:9-10)
I can personally testify that Jesus Christ is a sure and steadfast anchor for every aspects of my life. He is willing, if you and I are willing to follow His way, to grant that hope which we long for in whatever issue we have in our respective lives. In closing, I would like for you to read and meditate on the words of the Irish songwriter Henry Gilmour:
My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea,
So burdened with sin, and distressed,
Till I heard a sweet voice saying, "Make me your choice!"
And I entered the Haven of Rest.
I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
And faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul
The "Haven of Rest" is my Lord.
I've anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest,
I'll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep,
In Jesus I'm safe ever more.
Have you made Him your anchor?
Tim Braddock is pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist Church in Destin and can be reached at Tbraddock@emeraldcoastbc.com.