Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 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,
— Hebrews 6:17-19 NIV

I don't know about you, but I had to read these verses a few times to begin soaking up the encouragement the author gives us. There are a lot of words in this text, but I want to focus on one of the main points the author is writing about and that is HOPE. Looking at verse 17, we read that God seals His promises for us with an oath- something that cannot be broken or changed. We know that God is holy; therefore, He cannot lie, so His promises are doubly secured by His character and His oath. When Jesus came to this earth, He died so that we may receive salvation and live forever with Him. This is where we place our hope- in the promise that if we believe in Jesus we get to spend eternity with Him. How amazing is that?! 

Because of the security of His promises, our hope becomes a "steadfast anchor of the soul." The author purposefully decided to use an anchor as the metaphor to describe our hope because an anchor is firm, safe, and reliable. The hope set before us is the promise we have received through Jesus' blood shed on the cross. So why does this matter? Whatever you are going through right now- whether it is a really difficult or fruitful season- you are able to stand on a firm foundation that your future is set. As a follower of Jesus, you are on your way to receiving your full inheritance in Heaven. When we know where our hope lies, there is no longer any room for fear because we know Jesus has already won the battle and He is preparing a place for us in Heaven. 

Where does your hope lie? Is it in your grades? Future career? Getting married? Or is it in your salvation? I want to encourage you to take a moment and thank Jesus for your salvation and ask Him to renew your hope and make it an anchor for your soul. When you begin walking in hope, you will walk in greater joy because you know where your future lies. The steadfastness of God's character is something to be grasped because He never changes- He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is never going to leave you nor forsake you. Place your hope in Him because He is the one thing you can count on. 

pray

Father,

Thank you for sending your Son to this Earth so that I may live forever with you. I pray my hope becomes steadfast and an anchor for my soul. Continue filling me with the assurance of your character- that You will always be with me.
Thank you Jesus.

Amen. 

- Kayley Anderkin