Hebrews 6:18–19a (NCV): These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong.
There are times in life, when we come up against something, that takes out of us all that we have within us. On those occasions, we find ourselves without a sufficient answer to the question, “Why?” We find ourselves without any notion about what to do about it. We are beyond any capacity to move ahead in our thoughts. We are smothered by a sense of utter inability to help ourselves or those around us who are suffering the same loss.
Everything we need in order to lean forward must be dredged up from a deep foundation within us. It is like an anchor on a mile long chain under strain. It is clawing against the ocean floor as the current of sorrow screams over the raging storm. But like no chain on this earth or anchor forged of the hardest metal in the hottest fire of the foundry, this anchor is crafted by solid love and it sinks deep enough into our soul to be just enough that our desperate grip is sufficient. It is sure and strong because our hand is held onto by the hold that Jesus has on us. Ezekiel 3:14 (NLT): “The Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I went in bitterness and turmoil, but the Lord’s hold on me was strong.”
One of the times in life this happens to us is when we lose someone we love, another is when we are faced with our own mortality. I have a friend whose forty-one year old son just died. This devotion is my effort to reach back to him in his grief. It would be totally feeble of an effort except that it comes from a faith we hold in common, a friendship that has grown over the decades, and most of all, the encouragement we gather up from God’s promises.
Jesus said, “I will ask nothing more of you except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come” (Revelation 2:24–25 NLT).