by Morag Cameron
Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
The dictionary definition of anchor is a heavy object attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes at one end.
FromActs 27.29, Acts 27.30, Acts 27.40, it would appear that the Roman vessels carried several anchors attached to the stern as well as to the bow. The Roman anchor, like the modern one, had two teeth or flukes. In Hebrews 16.19 the word is used metaphorically as something which supports or keeps us steadfast in the time of trial or of doubt. It is an emblem of hope.
Our anchor of hope is Jesus himself. Christ is the anchor of our entire life, both body and soul. Our life as a Christian is not immune to ‘storms’ but we remain safe because we are securely fastened to Jesus.
Sailors do not see the anchor that grips the bottom of the harbour but they are certain of their safety because they know it is there. In the same way Jesus, by faith, is our anchor. He will not fall asleep and lose His grip on us, nor will He change His mind even when we slip and sin. Our anchor holds us. Our anchor is Jesus - steadfast and dependable forever.
Prayer Lord You are our anchor and we thank You for this. We are comforted to know You are beside us every step of the way no matter what we are doing or where we are. We thank You for Your dependability and for being our refuge always. Amen