One of my favorite parts of “The Lion King” is when Simba is foolishly investigating the Elephant Graveyard and gets cornered by the resident hyenas. While his arrogance sourcing from his knowledge of being future king dictates some of his idiotic behavior, I respect the courage he displays when he’s up against it.
Sometimes, I wish Christians had a little more of that.
Hebrews 6:19 provides us with an awesome image: the hope in Jesus Christ is an “anchor of the soul.” When we’re backed into a corner, this knowledge is incredibly reassuring. In an increasingly skeptical world, there are numerous insurance policy attributes we can depend upon. Check out this summary.
He hears us. (Psalm 40:1) It seems redundant to emphasize that an omnipresent God can hear what we say, but a reminder is pleasant. A child needs the assurance that her mother is coming when she cries. We’re no different. We’re a bunch of babies anyway.
He strengthens our resolve. (Psalm 40:2) The degree of torture the early Christians withstood is astounding — but they only did this because recognized the assurance of their salvation and the certainty of God’s identity. If you position yourself aligned with the everlasting God, everything else becomes a little more trivial.
Our situation doesn’t dictate our access. (Psalm 40:17) God doesn’t glance into your wallet. He doesn’t have a metering device on your number of minutes in prayer or reading the Bible. And if you’re saved, apart from getting you back where you’re supposed to be, He’s not holding your transgressions against you.
Even in a state of poverty (moral or physical), we can get help. (Psalm 40:17) Jesus’ death and resurrection solidifies our eternal position. (Hebrews 6:19-20) Better hands than Allstate. Easier than Progressive. Even Geico can’t save you 100%. Under Jesus Christ, we’re covered.
We’ll get what we’re promised. (Hebrews 6:14-15) Abraham was told to wait. He did, kind of. But he received the promise nonetheless, because God said He would.
What was promised? Descendants — lots of them. The Pharaoh’s jealousy in Exodus 1 is the result of how numerous the Israelites had become four generations later — and it wasn’t even all of them, technically.
If God promises something, He’s going to do it. It’s good to know.
It’s a privileged place to stand on the promises of God, making Him the “anchor of the soul” in our lives. It is equally important to recognize how we should respond. In the valley of grief, David still submits to the will of God. (Psalm 40:8) He is still concerned with being obedient and letting God know He’s still worth his time. Don’t get all wishy washy because you know you have it made eternally. We still have a responsibility to be an example of a Christian in a public setting.
It’s when we’re against it that God’s promises are the most apparent.
Anchors provide security in calm weather, but when things get rough, the anchor of God is a lifesaver in severe weather.
Is your soul adrift today? Anchor down.