"This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast..."
The anchor that Paul references in the above verse brings the same confidence for the child of God. But this anchor is not connected to a ship made of wood and nail, but rather it is connected to the human soul that is created by a promise-keeping God.
Paul points out that what we are hoping for is absolutely certain. He uses three words to stress this truth. In verse 19b he calls the anchor (the hope), “both (1) sure and (2) steadfast and (3) one which enters within the veil.” The anchor Paul is describing for us is sure, certain and safe. And lastly he says that the anchor is located within the veil. What’s that all about? This is a reference to the veil that hung across the inner sanctuary in the Temple a few miles from where Jesus was crucified. It was where God in his glory met with the high priest once a year as he brought a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the Jewish people.
But Paul is also taking our minds from an earthly veil to a heavenly veil where Jesus Christ is now. And while our confidence, hope and assurance began on the cross, it is still in affect where Jesus is today – in heaven at the right hand of God the Father! This is where He is now as our High Priest.
This is the reason every believer can have a deep sense of God’s sovereign care that’s connected to their perseverance and encouragement. Here’s the great news, you are not left to yourself to hold on during the storms of life. The same firm grip that Jesus had on us at cross to secure our salvation, is the same firm grip that holds on to our soul forever! This is hope and confidence that guides us through the uncertain events in our lives and in the world we live in.
Vincent van Gogh wrote in his diary, “The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides, and in its depths, it has its pearls.” And one of those pearls we have in this life is knowing that, with Jesus as our High Priest interceding for us, we can stand on the other side of adversity; we can sing on the other side of trouble and we can shout on the other side of hardship!
As I said on Sunday, the Bible compares believers to eagles! And isn’t it interesting that when the dark clouds roll in and the strong winds whip up, the eagles soar above it all while every other bird takes cover. Get this, you and I are not like so many other people out there facing life’s storms – as Christians we are designed to rise above our storms with confidence and hope in our hearts!