Many times I have been fishing in a boat and have depended on the anchor to hold me in place. Sometimes it has been in quiet water and the anchor was not really tested, but there have been other times when the water or wind put tremendous pressure on the boat. Regardless of the circumstances, I depended and trusted in the anchor.
In today’s reading in Hebrews, I was struck by the word picture describing our hope in Jesus as “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
While I know this to be true and have had numerous experiences in my life where I can testify to God’s faithfulness, I wondered if other people can really see the surety of my hope in God by the way I live my life. Its one thing to take hold of that hope for myself, but does my belief translate into action?
I thought about this in relation to my family. As I am called to be like Jesus, am I a firm and secure anchor of the soul for my children; for my wife? Recent circumstances in my life and my reflection on these words, forced me to conclude that there are areas where I am not demonstrating and exemplifying the surety of my hope.
One translation of these verses reads, “… we who have taken refuge might be strongly encourage to seize the hope set before us.” [italics mine]
That’s the word that I took from today’s reading. I need to tenaciously take hold of that hope and not let go, regardless of the circumstances. I need to maintain the grip/focus on the hope set before me. Only by seizing the hope and then resting in Christ can I fully experience and demonstrate that Jesus is the anchor for my soul, firm and secure.