ANCHORED Andy Hollifield 9-29-17
Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Anchor–a person that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay; to fix or fasten; affix firmly; to keep hold or be firmly fixed (main relevant def.)
Boy, that definition says a whole lot about our Savior doesn’t it? Our mainstay to keep hold of us and keep us firmly fixed. It’s hard not to get excited about the Lord when you look at the word “anchor” through spiritual eyes. Anchor is used only 1 time in the bible and the plural “anchors” is used only 3 times in the 27th chapter of Acts. If you back up a few verses to verse 15, you find that Paul speaks of obtaining the promise. In 16, he talks about the confirmation of the promise. In 17 he talks about the “immutability, or the nonchangeableness, of God’s promise. It is not possible that his word and his promise will ever change. In verse 18 he talks about the impossibility for God to lie about the promise and that he is our refuge. In 19 of course he speaks of the anchor but he also speaks of something else; where the anchor is fastened. Verse 20 speaks about Jesus being that anchor. Going back to verse 19, talking about where the anchor is fastened; it occurred to me that we will never raise that anchor but the anchor will one day raise us to meet him in the air. We can only see our end of what that anchor is fastened on. It talks about how “sure” we can be of our anchor. Sure means (1) free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc… of something. (2) confident, as of something expected (3) convinced, fully persuaded, or positive. (4) assured or certain beyond question. (5) worthy of confidence; reliable; stable (6) unfailing; never disappointing expectations. (7) unerring; never missing, slipping, etc… That definition got better the further we went didn’t it? Who would have ever thought you could get so fired up reading a dictionary? Did you notice there were 7 definitions; God’s perfect number? Now we will look at “steadfast”. It means (1) fixed in direction; steadily directed (2) firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc…, as a person (3) unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.. (4) firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs (5) firmly fixed in place or position. Man! Is that good or what? If that don’t describe Jesus our anchor to a “T”. I have to mention this too; there were 5 definitions. Remember that 5 is the number of grace in the bible. You may think that don’t have any relevance to the definition but it does if you think in a spiritual perspective. Besides all that; we wouldn’t even have an anchor but for the grace of God.
As I was writing this, I began to think about some folks in the bible that had the Lord God as their anchor even in the Old Testament. After all, those saints were looking toward the cross and we are looking back at it. I just want to mention a few of them. To begin with I will start with Daniel. How convinced and confident and firm in your faith and unwavering would you have to be to continue to pray even though it was now illegal, knowing it would result in your being thrown into a den of lions? That’s something to think about isn’t it? In Daniel 6:23 the bible says that when they brought him out the next morning that “no manner of hurt was found on upon him, because he believed in his God.” That kind of tells me that we would have a lot less hurtful things in our lives if we just believed in our God more. We all may say that we do, but when the fiery trials come, are we really willing to lay our life or well-being on the line knowing it will likely costs us? I would say that it costs us more if we don’t. What about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? I have always loved their answer to King Nebuchadnezzar when he offered to give them one more chance to worship the idol he had made and commanded to be worshipped. They told him without hesitation, “we are not careful to answer thee in this matter”. In other words, “we don’t even have to think about it”. Over the next few verses of Daniel chapter 3 they told him in so many words, “Our God can deliver us, and even if he don’t we are still not going to worship your idol”. What happened next was one of those “God things” as I’ve heard it called. One of those things only God can do and there is no other possible explanation. The king looked in the fiery furnace and saw 4 men loose, even though there had been only 3 put in, and they were walking around unbound and unhurt. The fourth man he said was “like the Son of God”. How could he possibly have known that because he obviously didn’t believe in God? Also, how could he have known God even had a Son because it would still be hundreds of years before Christ was even born into this world? I told you it was a “God thing”! It gets better; when he ordered them to be brought out there was not only no hurt on them, but their clothes weren’t burned and their hair wasn’t even singed and not even the “smell of fire” was on them. They didn’t even smell like smoke! Anyone that has ever built a fire or sat by one knows that isn’t possible without smelling like smoke. They weren’t by the fire, they were in it! How sure and steadfast do you reckon they believed their anchor was? The fire was so hot that just the heat from it killed those that had thrown them into the fire. There isn’t even time to talk much about David that went from a shepherd to an anointed king to a giant killer to a wanted fugitive. All those days and nights running for his life, how sure and steadfast must he have thought his anchor was? What about Moses as he stretched his staff out over the sea knowing his life depended on God parting the waters? Then there is Rahab. The new convert that risked her life to help the spies of Jericho escape from the city prior to the oncoming siege by Israel. There is also Noah, who built a humongous boat on dry land and preached about the upcoming rain when no one even knew what that was because there had never been any rain. While being laughed at, mocked, and ridiculed he just kept building that boat and preaching. The bible says he was a preacher of righteousness. How convinced and confident do you think he was about his anchor?
All you have to do is look in Hebrews chapter 11 at all of those people who believed and done ridiculous things just because God told them too. Now, we will look real quick at what it is that keeps us from having complete confidence in our anchor. Like the bible says in Hebrews 12:4 “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” We may suffer ridicule like Noah and maybe even a little persecution but probably not to the extent of Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We have probably never had to run for our life and leave our family because of our confidence in our anchor; our God. I am glad that our anchor is “both sure and steadfast and which entereth into that within the veil.” Who’s inside the veil? That’s God and he is in heaven our future home. Aren’t you glad that is where you are anchored? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!