Secured within the Veil

March 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Security and Assurance | 1 Comment

I’ve done a good job showing off my ignorance of maritime matters in recent days.  On Sunday I misstated how soundings were done to measure the depths of the sea.  Something true I’ve never learned and something false I’ve assumed for years came together to make a false statement in my message.  Fortunately, it was a trivia matter from the passage, and had nothing to do with the meaning and application.  Then on Monday, my small group was talking about anchors in the Bible, and I misstated that an anchor doesn’t necessarily land on the bottom to hold a ship.  Later I realized that was a silly thing to say.  It was in my mind because of the passage I’d just read in Acts 27, “fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear (footnote: sea anchor), and thus they were driven along.”  Anchors don’t always touch bottom, but can be used to slow a ship’s progress in an undesirable direction; however that certainly wouldn’t hold a ship in place.  To hold the ship, an anchor would have to be secured to something solid – something with more strength than the waves and wind trying to move the ship.

In light of those embarrassing misstatements, I read an interesting passage in my devotions this morning.  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.”  (Hebrews 6:19-20)  The promises of God are sure; the hope they give us is our anchor, and that anchor is lodged behind the veil in the inner sanctuary.  In other words our anchor is lodged in the very presence of God – in something with more strength than any problem or sin or temptation or devil can ever have.

The same passage declares that God’s promises are three-times certain.  They are sure because God’s purposes cannot change; because God confirmed them with an oath; and because God cannot lie. (Hebrews 6:17-18)  That is great security.  No matter what winds or waves may batter us, those who trust in Jesus are secured behind the veil.

 

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  1. And on these three-times certain promises of God I am relying upon, especially now.


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