Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
An Anchor both sure and steadfast.
We often hear this world we live in likened to a sea; restless, unstable, dangerous, never at a standstill. And even when things seem calm on the surface, there is always an undercurrent that is pulling on our lives, pulling us in one direction or another. There are always currents, winds, and storms that come to carry us off course.
But our text today talks of an Anchor sure and steadfast and of a strong consolation. The Lord doesn't want us to be tossed back and forth.
Ephesians 4:14 says That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.
I want to speak about the Anchor and the consolation we have in Jesus, in the Promises of God's Word.
It cannot fail and it is everlasting.
If you already know the meaning of that Anchor in your life then I pray that today you will feel it holding
you in the security more than ever. Be aware that every day the cable gets shorter and we get closer
to our home.
If you don't know the feeling of that hope and security. I hope that today you will receive the comfort and safeguard of knowing that your soul is anchored in Christ.
The purpose of an anchor is to hold your ship in place when storms, winds, or currents threaten to drive it off course: circumstances that would move your vessel into dangerous conditions.
God has given us certain Truths and Promises that are intended to hold our minds securely. To put it simply to hold us to Himself to keep us from shipwreck. We are tied to God by His Word and our obedience.
I want to say to you that our Lord paid much too high a price for you to just set you adrift and hope you paddle your way to heaven.
Now the winds, for the most part, are not blowing in heaven's direction. For the most part the winds and currents we face are driving us toward the rocks and stick-ups (obstructions sticking out of the water) of this world.
But God's Word, His Promises, are our anchor.
Ephesians 2:12 lets us know that without Christ we are without hope. Friend, hope is an anchor of the soul. Hope keeps us from giving up and letting the storms of life drive us into the rocks of defeat. Hope is the blueprint faith works to build.
Our text talked about laying hold of the hope that has been set before us and that hope is an anchor.
You see and I don't know quite how to express this. I am anchored but not chained. Christ offers the anchor. Satan binds with chains. You can choose to be anchored or not. The hope is set before us. You know an anchor is not just important in the storms. It is also a way of not drifting off course when the sea seems calm.
It is not always the tempest that moves us away from our course. Sometimes it is that light breeze that feels so good that just eases us away from our destination.
Friend, if you have anchored your life in Jesus then you anchor is in heaven. It is just a matter of following the anchor line. Don't ever lift anchor, even in the calm and quiet time.
I think maybe we lose more people to that silent undercurrent and soft wind of pleasure than we do in the storms. Your anchor is not just for storms, not just for distress. An anchor can keep you from distress.
It would be to me a miserable thing to be driven here and there by the external circumstances of this life with no sure anchor, just man's ideas that change constantly. Man, on his own, can't even seem to be sure from day to day of what is right and what is wrong. What was unacceptable to society 25 years ago is common place today. The same people that petition against war petition for the right to kill babies, because they have no sure anchor.
God's Word is the only sure anchor. Let me mention another purpose of the anchor. An anchor is used to keep from losing whatever ground has been gained.
I've had times in my life when I could not seem to advance forward in the battle. I could not seem to gain headway against the winds. Does anyone know what I am talking about? But I did what I heard a man called riding the anchor. I may have got pushed in a circle but the anchor was sure and I never lost my place. I just fastened myself to the Word and hang on. Do you understand? When you are not gaining ground the anchor keeps you from losing any.
Let me ask you today. Is your life and soul anchored in Christ? Have you taken hold of that hope that is beyond this veil?
One day our voyage will end. Either on an evergreen shore where there will be no more storms or winds, or shipwrecked on the rocks of sin to spend an eternity in torment and remorse.
There is a song that says:
In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
You're anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.
That Rock is Jesus!
Are you sure? Do you have that strong consolation our text spoke of?
If not, our text says it has been set before you. You can lay hold of it right now.