Text: Hebrews 4-6; Psalm 25
Daily Bible reading is such a great foundation. We need the Word – it is bread for our daily sustenance. Three things happen to me when I read Bible passages I have read before. First, there is comfort – like when we visit our usual and familiar people and places. Then, there is reminder – when text that has spoken loudly speaks again, refreshing the memory of who God is and what he has said. And third, there is discovery, when words suddenly jump off the page with fresh meaning.
This morning I was delighted by a number of verses I had underlined in previous years. But one which prompted an underline for the first time was Hebrews 6:19:
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain…
What is spoken of here is the steadfast promise of our resurrection, eternal life, and physical presence with the Living God. Our hope is hope secured by the fact the God is faithful (so it is a sure thing) – and it is a “sure and steadfast anchor for the soul.”
Some years ago, Lyn and I and another couple rented a sailboat for ten days in the British Virgin Islands. Every night we slept aboard the boat, having dropped anchor in a “safe” harbor. Overnight, the trade winds would blow, sometimes shifting and strengthening. Sound sleep depended upon an anchor that would not drag or break free. There was always the possibility of slipping anchor, so sound sleep was hard to come by. We would wake up to check that the anchor was holding firm. Such anxiety has no place in the life of the Christian when it comes to our great and certain hope. We are held surely and steadfastly, and need never fear for our destiny. Makes my want to sing the second verse of “The Solid Rock”
When darkness veils his lovely faceI rest on His unchanging graceIn every high and stormy galeMy anchor holds within the veilOn Christ the solid rock I standAll other ground is sinking sandAll other ground is sinking sand
in Him, Mike