My anchor holds. You may recognize this phrase from the contemporary worship song “Cornerstone” or perhaps from the familiar hymn, “My Hope is Built.” The words come from Hebrews 6:19 “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Just as a boat will drift off course and into dangerous territory without a secure anchor, we need the spiritual moorings of hope. But is hope merely a wish that things will go well? A vague desire that things turn out for the best? The biblical definition of hope is so much more than that! Biblically speaking, hope is the joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation. Hope comes when we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us. (Hebrews 6:19-20 The Message).
Hope fills us with joy and peace (Romans 15:13). Hope picks us up when we are downcast (Psalm 42:5). Hope is the appropriate companion for grief (1st Thessalonians 4:13). Hope makes us bold (2 Corinthians 3:12). Hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). The hope found only in Christ is indeed an anchor that holds.
We begin to recognize the Anchor of our Souls as we develop the fundamental Christian beliefs that determine who we are – what we say, how we spend our time, how we react in a crisis. To that end, in my ministry to children over the years, I’ve developed a sort of “Top Ten List” of biblical truths I believe every child (and adult) needs to hear again and again. Take a look:
- We are not here by chance, but have been uniquely created by the God of the Bible who has determined the time and the place in which each of us live. Therefore, our lives have great purpose!
- God’s Big Story incorporates all of history and consists of
- the Fall of humankind into Sin
- the Redemption made possible by Jesus,
- the coming Restoration when Christ returns and makes all things new.
- Jesus is the center of God’s hope-filled Story – every story in the Bible whispers His name.
- God works in all things for His good purposes. What others intend to harm us, God intends for good.
- When we know God (truly know and understand His attributes), we will love God. When we love God, we will want to please God.
- Spiritual growth and encouragement happen best within small groups.
- Praying with and for one another builds community. We teach prayer through the PATH acronym (Praise God, Admit sin, Thank God, Help!)
- Jesus is our substitute. He lived the perfect life we cannot live and died the death no one wants to die – separated from His Father so that we can live in union with Him.
- The more we experience God’s love and mercy, the better we can love and forgive others.
- The grass dies and the flowers fall. But the word of our God stands firm forever. (Isaiah 40:8).
What are the biblical truths that anchor you? How have you experienced being held through difficult circumstances? Share with us through the comment section of this blog. We all need the encouragement. We’re all in this together. Let’s get this conversation started!
Director of Children’s Ministries