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The Certainty of God’s Promises?

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Hebrews 6: 13-20 says,
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[a]15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
 
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Let’s find some encouragement in verse 19.
What is the main job of an anchor?  Not the cute anchor images you see stuck to a Yeti cup but real boat anchors?  They keep things steady.  When you drop anchor on a boat the theory is that the boat will not move much.  Anchors are a big deal, not only physically but emotionally as well.  Lauren Chandler says in her book, “Steadfast Love,”  that “Whether you know it or not, there is an enemy for our souls who hates steadfast anchors and loves to deceive us into trusting faux-anchors.  But, he doesn’t have the last say.  His desire to decimate is nothing compared to the steadfast love of the Lord.  As we drop the anchor, we steady ourselves for an opposing current.”

We can use a lot of things to be our faux anchors:  our spouse’s faith, our children’s good moral upbringing, our finances, our vitamins, our diets, or our exercise habits.  Those are all faux anchors.  Verse 19 is reminding these Jews and us that our hope in Christ is a firm and secure anchor.  How do you know if you have a faux anchor?  What would happen if that thing disappeared?  What would happen if your spouse left you (their choice or death)?  What would happen if one of your moral children ended up in prison?  What would happen if you lost your income?  What would happen if you were diagnosed with a horrible disease?  What would happen to your faith in God?  Would you turn your back on Him?  Would you continue in the faith and persevere?

In 1836 a cabinet maker penned the phrase,
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.”

Yes, that is a verse from the hymn, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand,” by Edward Mote.  Unlike most hymn writers of the day Edward did not have a Godly upbringing.  Actually, his parents owned a pub in London and often Edward was playing in the city streets while his parents worked at the pub.  At some point in his teenage years he decided he wanted to be an apprentice for a cabinet maker and that was his very successful career for 37 years.  It was  not until he was 55 years old that he actually became a pastor.  I feel like if there was a soundtrack for Hebrews 6, this song could be the soundtrack.  Remember the veil that was torn from top to bottom?  That’s the veil we should be taking comfort in during our lives.

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