By Alyssa Edward
I’ve never been one to struggle with mental depression or anxiety, but lately there feels like there is a sense of hopelessness in the air. Every time I read the news, I see more lockdowns, more death and more businesses closing. It seems like a very hopeless time. What does God say about hopelessness? I find myself constantly drawn to the same verse over and over. It’s found in Hebrews 6:19-20, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast and which enters the presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” There is so much in this verse that I could take a year just trying to dissect it all, but there are two points that just jump out at me and bring calm in the chaos. Firstly, the verse starts with “This hope”. What hope? The Biblical definition of hope is very different to the way we use it now. This Biblical hope is “a confident expectation of what God has promised.” It’s a knowing that God is going to do what He says He will do because of who He is, not based on my feelings or circumstances. What are we hoping in? Simply put? We can hope in all the promises of God. According to Storm’s, God has made 7,487 promises to man in the Bible. God will keep them, because that is who He is. Some of these promises include not forsaking us or leaving us; working for the good of His people; living inside of us; seeing His good work to completion; and SO much more! The second thing that seemed to jump out of the page is the part about Jesus going “behind the veil”. In the Old Testament the Israelites worshiped at the tabernacle. It was separated into three parts: the courtyard, the holy place, and the most holy place. Between the holy place and the most holy place there was a veil. Only the High Priest could enter behind the veil, once a year, to offer a sacrifice for the Israelite people. The most holy place was where God would meet with the Israelites. This verse says that our hope is anchored, through Christ, behind the veil. Jesus goes behind the veil, to the very presence of God, and anchors us to Him!
What does this all mean? We have confidence based on our hope in Jesus, who is anchoring us to the presence of God, that God will fulfill all His promises. And not only that, if we hold tight to Him, God won’t let us drift so far away that hopelessness can take root. We are anchored to the very Presence of God Himself.