You can’t turn on the news or open up a browser on the Internet without seeing the tragedies that are occurring all around us. From hurricanes and fires to mass shootings, our news is saturated with all of the bad things that our world faces.
Maybe you were personally affected by these tragedies.
Maybe you were affected by a tragedy that didn’t make the news.
Maybe you heard about these tragedies on the morning news or watched them unfold in the updates online.
But whatever way you slice it, so many in our world are hurting. Without hope. Stranded. Alone. In pain.
Where is our hope when this world goes sideways? Where is our anchor when the storm is raging around us?
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
People 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 set before 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 our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
There’s all sorts of things we could focus on in this life, but, as the verses above so eloquently illustrate, God is faithful. He was faithful to fulfill his promises to Abraham not over the course of days, but over the course of thousands of years. That doesn’t ever change. God is still faithful.
God does not lie, and so we may take hold of that hope – that hope that he is faithful and will never leave us or forsake us and have that as our anchor, firm and secure. Never do we have to be afraid, not of the earthly disasters that threaten to unseat us or the unspeakable acts of horror committed by our own kind.
But those tragedies, and many more, will continue to be a part of our lives until the Lord comes again. Let us hold firm to the anchor of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ amidst the trials and storms of life, no matter what.