Will Your Anchor Hold?
Gracious Lord, the Holy Scriptures are open before me. Let no dullness or preoccupation heed me from hearing Your voice.
Read Hebrews 6:13–20
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“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?” (Priscilla J. Owens, 1829–1907).
The words of the hymn make it sound at first as if it is up to us to make sure we have a good anchor. We do indeed have to choose—to follow Jesus, not to drift away—but our steadfastness depends on looking to Jesus, the source of our hope (19). Once again the message of Hebrews is repeated, the writer piling picture on picture to get this central point across: we are responsible for how we live, but we do it with great God-given resources.
Or to express it another way, we are saved by grace though faith in Jesus. Our forerunner (20) has opened the way through the curtain that formerly closed off the Holy of Holies to people such as us, but as his Spirit changes us to make us more like Jesus, we have to ensure that there is room in our lives for the relationship he offers. It is not about keeping rules but putting in place disciplines that maximize and guard our time together. We do this in a good marriage. We come into a lifelong relationship with love and respect, but that is only the beginning. We must work at it; we must persevere! If a behavior or habit undermines our relationship it must be reassessed. If life is being lived too fast or too separate, something has to change. That is part of our commitment to each other.
Unfortunately, sometimes in relationships, including in marriage, we are given reason to question the other’s commitment to us. We feel vulnerable, as if walking on eggshells around them. It is never that way with Jesus. We can trust his unconditional acceptance of us absolutely. That will make us want to live up to his expectations (with his help).
Are you working with Jesus or against his easy yoke which gives us rest (Matt. 11:28–30)?
God of Hope, You alone are my anchor. I can count on You when my plans are ruined and my dreams don’t come true. You are my everlasting rock!