I’ve always loved Hebrews 6:17-20, particularly in the Amplified, where it says “This hope [confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]…” When there is a storm above the water, the anchor goes deep below the water where it is still. The anchor holds the boat in place even though it might get tossed around a bit. But, why is the Bible so specific in saying our hope in God is the anchor for our soul? I was excited to see what God showed me about this today.
First, when we were saved, our spirits were immediately brought back into perfect relationship with God. However, our soul (mind, will and emotions) goes through a process of transforming to God’s way of thinking and acting. When we go through a storm in life, it is easy for us to fall back into our old mindsets and be moved emotionally by what we see. We need an anchor to keep our soul (mind, will and emotions) grounded in the correct way of thinking and acting in those circumstances. That anchor pulls us back to the Word, our sure foundation (2 Timothy 2:19), when the storm tries to pull us away.
Second, we learn in James 1 and Hebrews 10 that it is critical to be consistent in our hope (faith) and it is that consistency that positions us to receive what grace provided. When we are anchored in something, we are locked in and immovable. Anchoring our soul in the same place…the right place, which is God’s Word is where we will find the victory.
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