ANCHORING TO OUR REFUGE

Andy Hollifield 7-21-18

Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: (19) Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Refuge—1) a place of shelter, protection, or safety from danger, trouble etc… (2) anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape

Anchor—a person that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay

Hope—1) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. 2) a person or thing in which expectations are centered. 3) to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence 4) to believe, desire, trust

I try not to get too carried away with scriptures and definitions but sometimes they are just so good I can’t skip over them. Consolation means someone or something that consoles or comforts. If we as God’s children don’t have a strong consolation in the “someone” we have who consoles, no one else stands a chance when trouble hits their life. “Who have fled for refuge.” That place of shelter that we run to for refuge. It should be our prayer place wherever it might be. The place where we try to get a little peace and safety during the storms that come in our lives. The reason some folks go around so defeated all the time is because they don’t run to their refuge or their refuge can’t stand up to the storm. I am thankful that our refuge has stood the test of time.

The hope we have set before us. Where do you start talking about that blessed hope? Do you start with when you accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior or do you start with all the things he has brought you through when it seemed impossible? When all others around you had given up hope and your own faith was weak and you felt so inadequate that you just didn’t think God could bless you much less use you to help someone else? Is that the place where you start talking about your hope? What about all that Jesus kept you through before you ever accepted him as your Savior? What about all the times you could have plunged off into eternity unprepared to meet God? Or do we start with those times in our lives when it seemed there was no escape and all we really wanted was a little relief or a little aid from pretty much anyone, but yet he came through again? Aren’t you glad that the hope we are clinging to is anchored into that within the veil? Our hope is anchored to the cross and the work that Jesus did there. Our anchor will be there inside the veil, right in the very presence of the Lord and I am thankful and confident that he can be relied on for support.

Both sure and steadfast. Now that is a mouthful when you are talking about Jesus. Free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc… of something or someone. We don’t ever have to worry about the reliability and character of our Savior because he has stood the test of time. Steadfast cannot be explained enough when talking about Jesus. One definition is “firm in purpose.” Hebrews 12:2 talks about him “enduring the cross” and “despising the shame.” When you consider in Revelation 5 that he volunteered to give his life for lost humanity and that John saw him Revelation 13:8 as “the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” I would say that Jesus was firm in purpose especially when it came to our salvation.

I am glad that we have Jesus as a refuge that we can anchor, or fasten, ourselves to. If he is our refuge, why not just anchor down so that we don’t drift away. A boat that doesn’t have an anchor down is just drifting with the wind. Our anchor is sure and steadfast. No matter what may come in your life, just flee to him for refuge and anchor down cause he is the only hope that any of us have. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

 

 

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