HEB. 6:19-20 ¶ This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
I’ll never forget that horrible waterline that Katrina left behind in New Orleans. It lasted in many spots for several years. In those months immediately following the storm it was an ugly, ever present reminder of the sorrow and misery we all faced everyday. Many of our friends had been relocated never to return home, our properties had been severely damaged, and there was that ugly waterline, reminding us of the apparent hopeless situation we were all in. That’s where the anchor comes in. I keep seeing this scripture over and over again during that season. There was some stained glass in an old Lutheran church that we purchased after Katrina portraying Christ as the anchor of hope. I remember staring at that anchor, remembering the two thousand years that Christ had proven himself as the anchor that enters behind the veil for troubled Christians facing the storms of life. John Calvin knew about persecution and storms, here is what he said about Christ our anchor.
‘It is a striking likeness when he compares faith leaning on God’s word to an anchor; for doubtless, as long as we sojourn in this world, we stand not on firm ground, but are tossed here and there as it were in the midst of the sea. For nowhere a haven appears to our eyes, but wherever we look water alone is in view; yea, waves also arise and threaten us; but as the anchor is cast through the waters into a dark and unseen place, and while it lies hid there, keeps the vessel beaten by the waves from being overwhelmed; so must our hope be fixed on the invisible God. There is this difference, — the anchor is cast downwards into the sea, for it has the earth as its bottom; but our hope rises upwards and soars aloft, for in the world it finds nothing on which it can stand, nor ought it to cleave to created things, but to rest on God alone. As the cable also by which the anchor is suspended joins the vessel with the earth through a long and dark intermediate space, so the truth of God is a bond to connect us with himself, so that no distance of place and no darkness can prevent us from cleaving to him. Thus when united to God, though we must struggle with continual storms, we are yet beyond the peril of shipwreck.”
The word of God connects to this anchor secured behind the veil. Regardless of what you are facing today, your anchor is holding strong. Nothing can break the cord of His word, nothing can cause your anchor to fail. The waterline may be all but gone today but our anchor remains. He outlasts every storm, yours too will pass.