A Hope That Anchors Our Soul
Tears streamed down my face and I fixed my eyes ahead, signing loudly, vaguely aware that if I started wiping them away, I would become more conspicuous. But it was too late. Little hands tugged my arm and a little voice whispered “are you ok, mama?” I smiled and nodded, wiping my face and turning back to the worship.
It gets me every time.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
My favorite words from my favorite hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Robert Robinson, cut right to the center of me every single time.
They remind me how so very often my weak and fleshly heart wanders from the Lord and His ways. How quickly I fall into discouragement. How unfaithful I really am. Is the same true for you?
But it also reminds me of the incredible hope that we have.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV
You see, our souls are anchored in Jesus Christ to the inner place… into the Holy of Holies… at the right hand of God. Our hope is in God alone. It is a hope that steadies our path and brings us back to Him.
That hope – the promises we have in Christ – strengthens us to persevere and battle discouragement, wait on God’s perfect timing in current trials, and walk in faith and obedience.
May we always remember in those hard times that we have power in Christ and hope in His name. It is the love and goodness of God that binds our wandering hearts to Him through the work of the cross. All praise be to Him!
Lord, I pray for encouragement and strengthening hope for our hearts. Help us to remain anchored and steadfast in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.