“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
A Dependable Anchor
(Please read Hebrews 6:19)
People of all political persuasions in the United States, whether they voted for Barack Obama or not, took pleasure in the joy of African-Americans and the new hope his election brought to them. Until it actually happened, such an event has been more of a dream than a hope in the hearts of African-Americans, but now their sons and daughters can aspire to the highest office in the land. And for that all citizens must be glad. Because hope is contagious and uplifting. It animates and motivates people, and strengthens the ties of brotherhood and equality among the races.
Hope is also vital in the lives of Christians. It is one of the elements that save us, and we couldn’t get along without it, for our hope is “the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27, NIV).
Our text speaks of hope as an anchor. An anchor is not doing its job unless it is deep in the water, keeping the ship from drifting with the wind. Commentator Burton Coffman suggests that the hidden anchor is a figure of Christ, our hope, who has left our literal sight but to whom we are connected by the “strong and effective cable of love.”
Theologians may differ as to whether hope engenders faith or vice versa, but it seems obvious that they work together, along with that golden cable. With that anchor, the winds of misfortune and temptation cannot sweep us away from the One in whom we believe, who gives us hope and is our hope.