Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT)
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
When was the last time you were in trouble or in a fight with someone you love? Have you ever been in a fight with yourself? Whenever conflict exists, the issue needs to be settled somehow. This can look like a lot of different things, but some sort of resolution needs to occur for everyone to be able to move on.
We’ll see in the next few weeks how Jesus is both Mighty God and Prince of Peace and how often peace and hope go hand in hand. Hope can be born out of a place of restlessness or unfulfillment or sheer weariness. Hebrews 6 reminds that hope is a steadying force. It is an anchor for our souls when we have become restless or find ourselves in the middle of a storm on a sea.
It can be difficult when we feel hopeless to pick ourselves up. We need someone stronger to help lift us up out of the depths or to feel safe and offer refuge. Jesus as Mighty God is here to do just that. And to restore our hope. To keep our eyes fixated on Him so when we stumble, we know there is a hand out there to grab hold of, to steady us.
When was the last time you were honest with Jesus about how you’re really doing and what’s really going on? We often hold back from being transparent in our prayers even though He already knows. He knows the really good and the really bad. We think that maybe if I don’t say anything, He’ll just forget that I’m not that great. But Jesus is there with his mighty arms stretched out to you. To help lift you. To restore your hope. So you can rest in and believe He can and will do what he sets out to do.
Lectio Divina Practice
As you walk through the Lectio Divina today, read the scripture above and meditate on it, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal himself to you.
Read Hebrews 6:18-19 together. Share together about times when life felt turbulent or hard. Did you have an anchor in those times? Why is it important to have an anchor? How did God help you and give you hope? Some troubles are really big and some are smaller, but they are all important to God. We can always go to Jesus when we need help and hope.