Because God wanted to make the
unchanging nature of his purpose very clear
to the heirs of what was promised,
he confirmed it with an oath.
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things
in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us
may be greatly encouraged.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
We can see on every turn that life seems to be getting more chaotic, out of control. People are looking for security, for hope, for something to anchor them. Thankfully the believer has a reliable source for these needs. Right in the center of Hebrews 6 you can see the heading, The Certainty of God's Promise. Not much in life is certain. I've heard the joke that nothing is certain but death and taxes. Now I'm hearing people saying things more like "taxes will be the death of me"...so maybe those two realities are all wrapped up together!
Joking aside, there is a serious side to be considered regarding the certainties of life. When people are searching for an anchor it usually means they are experiencing rough waters. Some times our life-tempests surely seem like they will overwhelm and drown us. That's when we turn to God's Word, to His promises for hope and security. Only God can anchor our soul. Only the Master of the Sea can still our troubled waters.
I believe this passage in Hebrews is very powerful. We can depend on, be anchored to, God's unchanging nature. God is not fickle, He is bent by nothing other than His own will. Nothing will foil the plans that God has. God's Word and the principles He sets for our eternity security are rooted in His promises.
God is an anchor because His nature is unchanging. And He is an anchor because He cannot lie. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life..." (John 14:6). This bold declaration from Christ's own lips says far more than "I will tell the truth." He is saying that He IS the Truth. All truth is anchored in Christ. And we are blessed that He chooses to reveal His truth, His nature to us so that we will always be anchored and secure in the certainty of His promised to us.
The next time your are buffeted by tumultuous waters, remember that the Master of the Sea is an anchor for your soul. Every single one one of His purposes for you will stand. You can depend on His Word for your life because He cannot lie. And He cannot, will not lie because His nature, His character is unchanging.
I used Kuretake watercolor paints for the background, and the set Master of the Sea for this page. I stamped the anchor on white cardstock, colored it with Copic markers then adhered it to the side bar. The sets used: Master of the Sea (left) and Choose Faith (right).
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