An Anchor for the Soul
Hebrews is written to provide Christians with a well-founded confidence. Here’s 6:19:
The “this” being referred to is the unchangeable purpose of God, guaranteed by an oath, but what particularly struck me about this passage is the vivid language regarding our souls. God’s oath is an anchor for our soul.
By implication, then, our souls are by nature unanchored, untethered. Our souls are adrift. We don’t think that way; when we think about our souls at all, we consider them fairly stable things. They don’t move around or wander about. You can’t push or hurt or lose a soul, right? And then we get the bad news–a friend is upset with us, a loved one is sick, our job is in peril. Suddenly our soul won’t stay still.
When we are in peaceful waters, we don’t think we need an anchor. When the storm comes, though, the anchor is the soul’s only hope.