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.
Hebrews 6: 16-20
Daily Devotional Series
HOPE: Day 6
“A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it is built for.” Albert Einstein
I am not a sailor nor have I ever been on a sailboat, but I do know the purpose of an anchor. When a ship is docked, the anchor is lowered into the water to keep the ship stable and to prevent it from drifting out to sea on its own. An anchor also helps keep a ship from hitting rocks or reefs and from being blown off course in storms. In this letter to the Hebrews, Paul chooses to portray Jesus as an anchor. What a comforting image this is of safety and stability.
Storms in our life are inevitable. We are faced with times of doubt, times of trial and even times of defeat. These events in our life can overwhelm us like waves that crash upon a ship. Those moments when we were sailing along through life on smooth seas are in the back of our mind, but now all we can focus on is “will I survive or will I sink?”
At times like this, we have an anchor to help us weather those storms. This hope is found in Jesus and is anchored in heaven where the storms of life can never sink us. We can trust in the certainty of God’s promise… our salvation is secure and our anchor will keep us safe.
As Albert Einstein said, a ship is meant to be sailed. Don’t be afraid to sail your ship into life, but don’t wait for the storms to rock your boat… anchor your life in Jesus now and make sure you carry that anchor with you on your journey.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.