There was no tropical storm but even with the gentle waves, the boat would have ended up on the beach or possibly drifting out to sea if it had not been tied and anchored.
The tide was putting the boat under pressure but the rope and the wooden stake was holding it in place.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6.19)
The hope and promises that we have from God are like an anchor in life. As a boat is held securely by an anchor, so we know that God’s promises are secure and they won’t change. The phrase ‘God’s inner sanctuary’ is talking about God’s holy presence that we can now come into because of Jesus. The writer of Hebrews is reminding us that we no longer have to be separated from or afraid of God. Our sin that once separated us from God was dealt with on the cross by Jesus leaving us with the opportunity of knowing God if we turn to him. This offer of salvation and relationship with God is a secure promise for life and it is something that is in place for eternity.
God also wants to be our security in our everyday lives. When the waves of life are pulling us this way and that, God should be our anchor if we are following him. God is the one we should cling to as he keeps us safe, secure and centered on him but there has to be a choice to stay anchored to him to receive this security.
The boat was tied to a piece of wood that had been driven into the ground and it was holding it securely. If it had been tied to a floating stick or to the small bush on the shore then it wouldn’t have been held secure.
What are we anchored to in life? Is it God whose promises don’t change and so we know that he will keep us secure or are we trusting in other things?
May God’s promises and presence be our anchor in life.