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Hebrews 6:19-20
This (hope) we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the (Presence) behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Personal note: Hebrews is still a difficult book for me to get arms all the way around (so is Ezekiel, which is my OT reading right now). If I go slow enough, I can begin to digest it in smal pieces. That's is my process here - digestion.

To begin, hope is the result of our faith in the work of Christ. It is the guarantee of God's promise which has been given to us. Hope is also the anchor point for our lives, which is the point of these verses.

In his book Post-Modern Pilgrims, Leonard Sweet shares the story of a large ship that is stuck in a bay. The only way to get unstuck is for the crew to load up the ship's anchor into the dinghy and row out ahead of the ship. They would drop the anchor and then the ship would wench itself forward.

We have cast our soul's anchor not behind or below, but ahead into the Holy of Holies - the place of God's presence and glory. It's not just so that we don't "drift" or become swpt away, but so that we can also "unstick" ourselves and pull forward into His presence and our purpose. Hope awlays seems to draw us ahead - out and up. Faith calls us to cast our anchor beyond where we can see. But it is always into the place where we have been preceeded by Jesus.

Lord, give me the courage not to drop anchor for security's sake. Let me cast it forward, so that I am drawn to You and into Your presence.

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