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Judges 6; Acts 10; Jeremiah 19; Mark 5

Sometimes I forget. Like Gideon, I keep my faith hidden and thresh my wheat in the wine press. Like Gideon, I tend to keep expectations low,  dreams limited and focus on getting by. Immediate disappointment is deferred that way, but in His Grace, God’s vision for life is higher than mine. My stale faith and prayers do not limit what God can do. To the contrary, time and time again, He delights in interrupting the normal.

Those interruptions are a gift to the person with the smallest of hopes. Consider the synagogue leader whose daughter is healed, the woman who dares to reach out in the crowd to discretely touch Jesus’s clothing, and the demoniac delivered from the Legion. But for those unable to cope with the fact that they are not in control and life as they know it has been irrevocably altered, the interruptions of God are unwelcome, if not terrifying. I am thinking of the  Gideon’s Midianite and Amalekite neighbors and later the  Gerasene swineherds.

God doesn’t allow me to stay stuck in the past. His ways break through conventions and rules to call me to the unexpected. I prayer that when He calls me to take the next risk, I will be quick to listen and obey as in the case of Cornelius and Peter. His grace enables me to let go of prejudices and old habits that may have served in the past, but will not work today.

Lord, do not allow me to cling to my ability to get it right. Let me hold tightly to the grace to which you have called me by name. Thank you for being my anchor and my hope. Your relentless pursuit of my soul never fails. It’s by the glorious, beautiful name of Jesus that I offer this prayer. Your sufficiency continues to amaze in ways never expected. Amen.

“We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf has entered…” Hebrews 6:19-20.

Kathy

 

 

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2Kings 24; Heb. 6; Joel 3; Ps.143

And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. ~ Hebrews 6:15 NASB

 

I must confess that this verse bothered me when I first read it, because I thought patiently waiting meant perfectly waiting, and I recall that Abraham didn’t perfectly wait, which is where Ishmael came in.  But then God began to minister to me and pointed out that He cannot lie and when He makes a promise, He is faithful to fulfill it: “God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised…God did this so that…we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure,” (vv. 17-19).

 

So what does that mean to me?  God has laid out His purpose for me, which includes ministering to His people through my writing.  Some time ago, I applied for a job that I thought would fulfill me, as it would pay me to write and put my words in front of God’s people.  I remember I asked a friend to pray for me and she said to thank God that even if things didn’t turn out the way that I think they should, it’s because His plans for me are far greater than I could ever think, ask, or imagine. I didn’t get the job; but looking back on it today and knowing the things that have transpired since, it was not God’s design for me to have that job, nor was it part of the promise that He made to me when He placed the desire to share His Word with His people in my heart.  I know that God’s fulfilled promise is still before me and is part of the journey I’m on and I can walk with confidence and assurance of that, as I hold to the hope that is the anchor for my soul.

 

Father, I pray that You would be with us today.  For those of us who are still awaiting fulfilled promises in our lives, I pray that we would hold to You as the anchor of our souls and not to worldly things, which so quickly vanish.  Father, as the body, I pray that we would stand firm together and encourage one another to praise and thank You, for You have already fulfilled the promises You have made—because Your Word says you cannot lie—even as we await experiencing the fulfillment of those promises in our lives.  Father, thank you for Your reminder today and for being with us, always.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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Numbers 8; Psalm 44; Song of Songs 6; Hebrews 6

Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.  Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.  God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.    Hebrews 6:16-20

I love the nautical image used here.  I grew up on a lake.  Whether swimming or boating, the water was my life during the summer.  Typical for a kid, I thought boats were only useful for flying across the water at full speed.  My parents usually obliged me, so I rarely saw an anchor used.  On the rare occasion we made use of one, I was always impressed, even as a young boy, that a device weighing less than ten pounds could hold something the size of a boat in place.

I occasionally have to travel to a naval base for my job.  The base in question has a small field next to the main road which is filled with excess equipment, including several of the navy’s anchors.  They have no resemblance to the anchor in my family’s boat.  They easily outsize my rental car as I pass by.  I can only imagine what it must be like from the perspective of the ocean floor to see such a thing descend from the surface.  As big as these anchors are though, they are nothing compared to the size of the ship they lock into place.  Yet, lock in place they do.  Tides run in and out.  Wind gusts of great strength and waves of great size can buffet the ship from all directions.    Yet, those aboard can rest confident that their position remains unchanged.  Properly set into the ocean bed, an anchor can immobilize ships large enough to rate their own zip codes.

Even the most impressive anchor is merely a tool though; in and of itself it is of no value.  Stowed on the ship, it accomplishes nothing.  Dropped into the water, it is useless if the chain to which it is attached fails to extend to the floor beneath.  Settled into soft sand, it might as well have been left at port.  It is effective only when it grabs hold of the earth below.  The earth is the steady object which the ship attaches too via the anchor.

Ships are made to float untethered, but I wasn’t; I’m not meant to drift freely through life.  I need something greater than myself to use as a stable point of reference, but what can I anchor to?  It’s increasingly difficult to find something to place my trust in.  Respected leaders routinely fail us.  Esteemed pastors fall.  Friends and even family let us down.  Time-honored beliefs and institutions can dissolve within a generation.  Nations and empires, and thus the security of their citizens, can fall in a night.  We are sometimes given traumatic reminders that we can’t even count on the stability of the earth itself.  No, anchoring my hopes to any of these is as effective as a great ship anchoring to shifting sand.

Thankfully, I have an eternal God to anchor to;  A God so great that He can swear on nothing higher than Himself.  Hebrews 6 shows me that God has provided my soul an anchor, and that anchor is nothing less than the hope of God’s promises set before us.  Its immeasurable value comes from the fact that it is anchored behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies, to the very character of God!

I thank God for His unchanging permanence.  I praise Him for revealing to us the unchanging nature of His purpose.  I rejoice in Him for making me infinitely less than He is.  I love Him for instilling within me a deep hope in His promises, and for anchoring that hope to nothing less than His Holy character.

My present circumstances are uncertain.  My future is assured.  I have an anchor for my soul, and it’s invincibly bound to my God!

Michael (mmattix)

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