BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST Andy Hollifield 10-4-18
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;
Sure and steadfast. We could sure use a little bit of that in our country right now couldn’t we? You cannot escape the turmoil that is our daily news anymore. It’s everywhere on radio, TV, and about anywhere you walk in to do business on any given day. While looking on Facebook Wednesday night after church, the first thing I saw has not changed for the last week or longer. It is always a picture of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Love him or hate him, the man is supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty” according to the constitution that we ask our Supreme Court Justices to base their opinions on. He is not even being afforded the benefit of the same document that we are asking him to decide the fate of others by. “Equal protection under the law.” Not hardly, where is his protection?
I don’t want to get into that too much because I am sure we are all sick of everything that is taking place pertaining to it. Another thing I saw was a group of college students that, in their minds, had already convicted, condemned, and executed the man. They were shouting down other students and cursing them and tearing up their signs and using language that would make a hooker blush, thus denying those students their right to free speech. And they tell us to be tollerant. Good One!
Another story I saw was seven police officers shot, one fatally, in Florence, SC. I travel there somewhat frequently and it is concerning. No regard whatsoever for human life. As I read all of these things and more, I just began to think about what a mess we have gotten ourselves into as a nation and as individuals. Jeremiah 2:13 sums it up perfectly: “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” It has never failed that any society that has forsaken the Lord and tried to replace him with something with a little less conviction and a lot lower standards, has always crumbled and fell. The Roman empire fell, the Persian empire fell, the Ottoman empire, and at the rate we are going we will soon be adding our nation to that list.
I know that so far I am failing miserably when it comes to writing an encouraging post. Broken cisterns that can hold no water. Without water, it is impossible to sustain yourself. All of the stuff we seem to be chasing; greed, power, lusts, pleasures; they are all just water leaking out of the cisterns. No way to sustain ourselves on the path we are on.
But then there is that hope. That hope that we have in the Lord in times like these. That hope to which we have all, at one time or another, fled to for refuge. That hope that, even against hope, still makes us believe in the hope that is in him. Sometimes you get to where the Lord is all that you can believe in, all that you can hope in, and the only one you can put your trust in. That trust like Job had when he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15). He will never slay you as long as you keep your hope and trust and belief in him and obey his words. As long as we as individuals and as a nation, don’t forsake our fountain of living waters.
What hope is it that we have that is anchored to that within the veil. That’s “sure” hope. “Sure” means to be free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc… of something. It also means confident, convinced, fully persuaded, or positive. Also; assured or certain beyond question, worthy of confidence, reliable, stable, unfailing, never disappointing expectations. Unerring, never missing, or slipping. Doesn’t that just describe our God perfectly? It gets better. Steadfast means fixed in direction, firm in purpose, resolution, faith, unwavering, and firmly fixed in place or position. Fixed in direction: “…Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). If that isn’t fixed in direction I don’t know what is. Firm in purpose: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). That was and still is his purpose. And one more; firmly fixed in place or position. Nobody has ever dethroned God and nobody ever will; it has been tried before. Why are we so secure in him? “Which hope we have as an anchor to the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.”
No matter what the world or Satan does, we are still secure in the Lord and he is still on the throne. And believe it or not; all is still well. There is nothing that concerns me that doesn’t concern my God. He is not wringing his hands with worry and the devil can only do what God allows him to do to us. God don’t panic when we get in a storm, we do. No need to, because God already knows our outcome and if he’s not scared, we shouldn’t be either. “Both sure and steadfast.” Or, as it says in 1 Samuel 2:2 “There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” He is “Both sure and steadfast.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!