Your Anchor

I will never forget the images of Christian Kurds/Arabs captured by Isis, lined up upon their knees. They were praying verbally to Yeshua to endure what was coming. Scripture reveals two important and related anchors in such senarios – Hope and Heaven’s attention. As Stephen was martyred he looked up, ” ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ ” (Acts 7: 56). God has a particular interest in those who surrender their life in this world to Him. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”(Psalm 116: 15). This is not limited to martyrs, but certainly includes them. No human can grasp the full meaning of God’s love for His children; only the offering of His one and only Son begins to convey the depth, majesty and perfection therein. 

The other critical gift in times of crisis is Hope. “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: 18-20). This hope serves as an anchor for the soul, a hook grounded and tethered to secure our position in Messiah. Hope goes beyond us it ranges ahead even to the Holy of Holy’s, the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where Yeshua resides, drawing us heavenward to Himself. Among the greatest are three, Faith, Hope, and Love. (1 Cor. 13: 13). Hope is underestimated in our society given the flood of trivial wishes, notions, fancies and dreams fueled by advertisers, conmen, and the Vanity Fair, but Hope in God is powerful.

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8: 24-25). Hope overcomes dissapointment and brings a current assurance that what was promised by God in the future is certain in any circumstance we may face. Lord Yeshua, give us your vision of what is yet to come that we may go forth in the power of your Holy Spirit. When distress and evil seems to overcome, let us renew of confidence in you through the hope you have anchored within us.

Hope for the Downcast

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefitswho forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (1)

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with Praise.  Shout with joy to the Lord.  Worship Him with gladness and joyful songs.  “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (2) 

“These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.” (3)

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” (4)

“Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” (5)

“I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.  In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.” (6)

“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.  Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” (7)

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.  He is the head over every power and authority.” (8)

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ ” (9)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (10) 

References

1 – Psalm 103: 2-5

2 – Psalm 62: 7-8

3 – Psalm 42: 4

4 – Psalm 63: 1-4

5 – Psalm 118: 15-16

6 – Psalm 44: 6-8

7 – Psalm 149: 4-5

8 – Colossians 2: 9-10

9 – Matthew 28: 18

10 – John 14: 1-3