HEBREWS 6: 18-20
" ... Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.' 

As I was reflecting on these verses in Hebrews this week, I couldn't get past the language used 'hope is a strong and trust­worthy anchor for our souls.' 

Historically anchors have been used as a symbol for safety, strength and stability. In the literal, anchors are designed to keep ships from drifting by wind or a strong current from their desired spot. When storms come, it is a strong and trustworthy anchor that keeps the ship from drifting, from hitting the rocks and en­sures it remains steady. 

We as believers have access to this kind of safety, strength and stability, but it requires action from us, as 'we hold fast to the hope set before us' which we know is the person and saving work of Christ. When we hold tight to Christ, His saving power, the prom­ises found in His word, and anchor our soul in His eternal promise of heaven, when the storms of life come, we don't easily drift away but instead remain steady in Him. 

As we enter into the second half of our fast, perhaps a bit weary, or still waiting on God to see certain promises fulfilled, I want to encourage us to hold tight to hope as the anchor of our soul as we spend time in His word, in prayer, having conversations with Him and in worship. 

STEPHANIE SOHNCHEN // EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PS HENRY & ALEX SEELEY

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