“In what are you putting your anchor?”
It’s one of my favorite and, simultaneously, most convicting questions.
My husband and I are in the middle of a cross-country move. I’d love for my honest answer to that question to always be the Lord, but that wouldn’t be very truthful. This week my anchor has fluctuated from a phone call from movers, to airplane tickets, delivery timeframes, finding a new home, and ice cream incentives at the end of a long day. My emotions are craving something dependable that I can count on, write down in my planner, and be certain of, because all the details in between here and the other side of the country are far from being concrete.
But if I actually want to depend on something concrete, a sure hope, I certainly need to stop looking at my planner or anything in this world. One of my favorite promises, albeit not quite as cheery as others, is in the book of John:
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
For me, this verse elicits a sigh of relief. It’s okay that things are hard because Jesus said they were going to be hard. But Jesus also said that in fellowship with Him, I could have peace. Peace in the midst of hard things because of fellowship with Jesus—that’s something I can depend on.
In Hebrews 6, the author reminds us of the certainty of the promises made by God starting in verse thirteen:
“For, when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.”
Let’s flip back a few pages to Genesis for a moment. The author of Hebrews is referring back to God’s promise to Abraham found in Genesis 22:17-18—a promise mind you, God gave to Abraham after Abraham obediently went to the land of Moriah to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Talk about trusting God with hard things. Abraham not only patiently waited for God to give him a son, but he also patiently waited to see God’s promise of multiplication fulfilled to him—a promise, that while he didn’t entirely see, was fulfilled to him through the gift of his son, Isaac. Abraham was a man in deep fellowship with God.
Coming back to Hebrews 6, we can understand even more why Abraham found God to be so dependable,
“For when people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”
God’s character is indisputable, unchangeable, and unable to lie, which certainly beats anything I’m putting my hope in. When I find myself searching high and low in this world for things that will fill me and allow my cup to run over, I’m always going to come up empty handed. If there is one thing I can be sure of, things change when and how you least expect them to in this life. But God doesn’t.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Heb. 6:19-20, emphasis added
Drink that in sweet friends, and allow it to uproot the places in your heart where hope is wrongfully placed. Jesus alone is our sure and steadfast anchor. The saving work Christ paid for us on the cross is the only thing in which we can cast our anchor. Jesus has gone before us, torn the veil and has allowed us, invites us, to draw near to Him as well as the Father.
We might feel like Abraham, wondering what the Lord is up to, and if His promises are sure and true. But God is the most true; He alone is worthy of our hope. This world will be so hard, and so many things will fail us, but even now in this season, Jesus Christ is our hope.
He is so worth putting your anchor in.