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.
I actually have a part of this verse tattooed on my arm. I remember the first time I read this passage, the imagery was so powerful to me. Jesus promises us eternal life if we put our faith in Him (John 3:16), and that is our hope. We can put our hope in and trust that promise. It’s an anchor for our soul. But all too often, I get stuck in this mentality that I am going to mess up, disappoint God, and He’s going to abandon me. I have no reason to feel that way, because we have zero biblical context for God abandoning His people. He’s always faithful, but that fear still resides in my heart. It’s so frustrating. But that’s why this verse is so encouraging.
As faithful people, we need to understand that biblical hope doesn’t leave room for failure. In our context, if we hope something is going to happen, that usually means there’s a significant chance it won’t. But that’s not the case in this biblical context. This kind of hope is better than that. It’s putting our trust and faith in the fact that we have salvation. That God won’t abandon us. It’s more of a trust than what we would call hope. And that is worth celebrating.
Because of this hope, I don’t have to be afraid that God will abandon me. It anchors my soul. It’s the hope and faith that Jesus will someday return. It’s the faith that I get to go to heaven in spite of my sin. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul.”