What Does it Mean to be Anchored in Hope? by Peggy McCoy - Retreat 2011
Consider the importance of an anchor to a ship when it pulls into a cove for the night or for protection from high winds or a storm. The anchor is dropped into the water, hopefully into a muddy bottom, and then the ship slowly backs away from the anchor for a distance. You then drop a pile of chain and slowly back away again. It is critical that the anchor is set deep into the mud, so the engine is put into reverse again to pull on the anchor and its chain, setting the anchor deep into the mud. The engine is then put into neutral to let everything settle down. Then, checking a stationary object on shore, you ensure the anchor is holding strong. When the currents push the boat around and the tide changes, when the wind blows, you want to know your anchor is set firm and secure. You then can sleep restfully that night!
Our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is similar. Our faith regularly needs a rest in a safe harbor from the harshness of life. How important it is that our hope is in Him who is faithful (see Deut 7:9) for the winds of change and the storms of life pull hard on our hope and faith. Jeremiah 17:7 tells us. “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
When life is hard, it pulls intensely on our anchor of hope, and like an anchor our Lord goes deeper into the depth of our souls to hold us firm and secure in Him. Though on the surface of the water our boat may be bouncing around from the wind and waves and currents, we are safe in the strong arms of our God, our anchor set deep in His faithfulness.
In the morning when you pull up anchor to head out and face the new day, the anchor is always very muddy and you have to rinse it off as it is being stowed. Likewise, our Lord goes deep into our soul to be our security, strength and hope. And as we very well know… it is muddy in our dark places! One of the wonderful truths concerning our Lord is that He is not hesitant to get muddy as He holds us firm and secure during the faith storms of our lives. He knows the Living Water washes all the mud and dirt away. In John 7:38-39 Jesus said, “Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink, for the scriptures declare ‘Rivers of Living Water will flow from His heart’. When He said Living Water, He was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would be given to everyone believing in Him.”
The full context of our CWR theme is Hebrews 6:17-20 which tells us: “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to (us) the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with a promise and His oath. 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 offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of
John Wesley, in his commentary on this scripture said, “Because we might have strong consolation, in that it is impossible for God to lie, let it swallow up all our doubt and fear. After having been tossed by manystorms, we lay hold on the hope set before us, on Christ, the object of our hope, and the glory we hope for through him. This hope in Christ we have as an anchor of the soul! Firm and Secure!”
So, this confidence in God which we have, this hope is like a mighty and trustworthy anchor for our souls, an anchor that can neither break nor drag in the mud. This hope of ours, Jesus Christ Himself, leads us through the curtain of heaven into God’s inner sanctuary. This curtain which used to separate mankind from God to protect us from His Holiness, is no longer a barrier between us and God because of what Jesus has done to save us, and our hope and confidence in what Christ has done for us is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all hindrance to bring us right to the very presence of God.
My prayer for you is that you would trust in Christ’s faithfulness to be your strength, your hope, your confidence. Your anchor.