An anchor is a device normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. It can be temporary or permanent. This image and word kept showing up everywhere I looked. Does the Lord ever just put a word into your spirit and you just can’t shake it? You keep seeing it everywhere in the strangest places. My husband and I both have this experience. You just keep seeing it and have to ask the Lord what is this about? So I began to search the scriptures to see where the word anchor was found in the bible. I found use of the word anchor in Hebrews 6:19. This chapter in Hebrews encourages the saints to hold on to:
The Certainty of God’s Promise
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 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. 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. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6-13-19
I find it interesting that the anchor is attached to a vessel (the believers) and a body of water (Jesus is the living water) to prevent drifting. Keeping your vessel attached to the living waters of Jesus will keep you from drifting. Anchored to him to keep you safe. There are so many layers to the Word of God. So many times we read too quickly and miss a small nugget like this. This chapter of Hebrews is emphasizing that God’s promises are sure and to trust in him as Abraham did. We can hold onto His promises and have them anchored in our hearts. I believe that the Lord doesn’t want us to forget to keep anchored to Jesus as we wait for the promises to come to fruition.
Pastor Tracey Carder