It doesn’t seem like we go too many days anymore without a new act of violence breaking out somewhere in our country. The latest incident occurred in our own state, in Charlotte, with the rioting and protests that have ensued after the killing of Keith Scott by a police officer. We think you will agree that the world we live in is broken and in need of fixing, not just some fine tuning but rather, a major overhaul. We need God’s peacemaking presence to flood every inch of this planet.
Are you feeling hopeless today? You know, that feeling you have that makes it seem like tomorrow will be no better than today. Do the events going on around the world scare you? Maybe it is closer to home and right now you feel as if you are in the deep pit and when you look up the walls seem just too high to climb. Or maybe you feel like a ship in the middle of the ocean, with no motor and no anchor, simply drifting at the mercy of the wind and waves. If today you feel hopeless or that life is spinning out of control, please slowly read these two verses from Hebrews and allow them to soak deep into your soul.
“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.” Hebrews 6:19-20
Those verses say two things. First, like an anchor or cleat holds a ship secure, your hope found in Jesus keeps you safe, He is a steadying anchor in the whole of life. And second, the inner sanctuary language in those verses takes us back to the tabernacle in the Old Testament, where a curtain separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place; that very place where God resided, but the people were not allowed to enter it, only the high priest was allowed to enter on behalf of the people. When Jesus died on the cross that curtain was torn in two (see Matthew 27:51), and we now have personal access to God, no longer needing someone to enter on our behalf.
So, what is the takeaway from today’s scripture verses? Our hope is in Jesus and that hope does not depend upon what we can see or feel (or not see or not feel), but rather, our hope reaches into the very presence of God! And with Jesus, there is ALWAYS hope, even when the situation around us looks hopeless!
We end with these words – “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
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