This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20
When we think about the Lord and what He means to us, many times we think about how He has changed our lives and set us free from the bondage of sin and destruction. We’re also reminded of how He has grown us and has helped us to overcome in life. Those are all important truths that we should bring to our minds and our hearts. We should be thankful and joyful for God’s loving kindness and His mercies for bringing us through. However, there are times in life that we need to focus on Him as the anchor of our soul!
Definition of anchor (according to Webster’s dictionary): a reliable or principal support , something that serves to hold an object firmly.
The world is in a state of panic and unrest due to a virus with unknown characteristics. The 24/hour news along with social media do their job of mixing facts with half truths and opinions and feed anxious people with as much as information as possible. Obviously many want to be cautious and do their part in not allowing this virus to spread. This causes them to continue to be glued to their TV, radio, and phones for the latest information. However, there is something quiet and insidious going on that as believers we should be aware of.
In uncertain times, as the people of God, we should live our lives differently from the world! The Lord is our anchor and the stability of our lives. He is our creator and holds the world and everyone in it in the palm of His hands. It is by His mercies that we wake up everyday to an orderly world. The sun rises everyday and our temperatures remain perfect for human functioning. We have clean air and the capacity to breathe and live. He provides us with daily bread and the ability to eat it and be nourished by it. Sadly, the majority of the people in the world do not acknowledge the Lord, nor do they seek His face. They have no faith that He is present and that He desires to intervene in their lives. Subsequently, it is logical for them to panic when a situation arises that they cannot control and do not completely understand.
Our stability is not founded in the world system, economy, and its version of peace. We know that without the Lord, we cannot live, move, or have our being. So the same God who held our lives three months ago, He is still on the throne, and He is still the stability of our lives! Jesus is our hope and He has gone behind the veil and has revealed the heart of the Father to us. Those who know their heavenly Father, will have a different posture in tumultuous times. Our hope is not anchored in our own strength but in the love of God and in Jesus as our High Priest and intercessor.
While we should be wise and follow the recommendation of healthcare professionals, we don’t need to let fear cause panic. As people of God, let every form of fear be expelled in Jesus’ name! God is still on the throne, and He is our protector and deliverer. As Jesus anchors our soul in His peace,, let’s be the agents of His peace, calmness, and stability in these uncertain times!