We certainly live in tumultuous times don’t we? Especially for those of you who are my age or order, the times we live in offer little comparison to the day and age in which we grew up. Though the advances in technology and medicine have made certain aspects of life much easier, society as a whole has in many ways has become much more complex and troubling. Just my manager and I were talking about the Cavanaugh hearings. Putting the political aspect to the side, at the end of our conversation my manager made the comment that she can’t imagine what our society will be like for her future grand-children.
However, our reading today offers the solution for troubling times. While many others will turn to alcohol, drugs, illicit relationships or medications, Hebrews 6:18b-19a says, “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.” The writer of Hebrews tells us that the hope we have within us should serve as an anchor for the soul- a sure and steadfast anchor. I’m sure most of us have been in some type of rowboat or canoe in our lives and when we find a spot in the lake or river where we want to stay for a while we will throw out the anchor and essentially park until we would want to move on. No matter if the wind picks up and the water gets choppy, we aren’t going to move thanks to our anchor.
That’s the imagery we have here. No matter the winds and the waves going on around us, the hope that we have in Christ needs to serve as an anchor for our soul. It brings to mind the familiar hymn, “We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to a rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”