Whether you have read the Bible or not, you have probably heard the saying “We have this hope as an anchor for our souls…”-Hebrews 6:19. This is a staple verse, if you will. It’s often written on beautiful decor for your home, fresh brewed mugs of coffee and I’ve even seen jewelry connected with it. Often, when we see a phrase on a regular basis it can loose the magnitude of meaning it was intended to have.
Today we are going to dive into this verse, and surrounding verses in Hebrews to take a closer look at how this set of verses can radically alter our perceptions, give us peace in the storms of life and the strength to move forward after devastating circumstances. Whether you are a survivor of a traumatic event, an abusive relationship or challenging circumstances, I’m right there with you. As a survivor, in my earlier seasons of healing, I always asked myself if the trauma defined me. In fact, when I hit the bottom of the barrel and walk through a powerful storm in life, I still revisit that question. The difference between my earlier years and now is the truth I have readily embraced that nothing defines me but God.
The scripture we are looking at today is Hebrews 6:18-20. Verse 18 often gets skipped over but it adds distinctive meaning to those seeking refuge, aren’t we all at some point or another? “We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”- Hebrews 6:18. The stage is being set here. God is calling out a specific audience, those that have sought refuge in Him. Are you seeking refuge now? Maybe you have walked through losing a job, a loved one or are fighting addiction, seek refuge in Him today! Be encouraged, God is with you, you are not facing your circumstances on your own. Maybe the trauma you experienced was years ago but the aftermath still occasionally rears its head. Your trauma does not define you. However, it will always be part of you, it has helped shape who you are and the way you choose to face (or run from) those circumstances will continually shape you. Some of you were discouraged by that previous statement. I know this because at one point and time I was discouraged to hear I would never just get past or get over my challenging experiences.
Focus on your relationship with God through it all. Even when you are angry with Him, it’s okay to be honest about that in prayer. God knows what you’re thinking, let Him in. For “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”-M.L.K. Jr. Take refuge, be encouraged, hold fast! It’s also important to note that the hope is set before you...then begs the question, what is my hope? “Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…”-Hebrews 6:20. Jesus has gone before you. Not only is He your savior but He gets what it’s like to walk this earth. He knows the challenges we face on a daily basis. Jesus can completely empathize with your situation. Hold fast to that hope.
No matter what this life has to offer, if you have a relationship with God through the sacrifice Jesus made, you have hope. You are not bound by your past experiences. No trauma will define you, unless you give it that power. Learn from it, grow from it and give it to God through prayer. Rise up and walk in the freedom you have because Jesus has gone before you. The shackles that once held you captive are removed, the prison cell door is unlocked and open, now it’s up to you. Will you cast your pain, your despair and your fear to God and walk out of the cell you have been bound by? Things will not instantly be perfect and that’s okay. Often times it’s a daily choice to let go of the hurt. Make that choice daily and walk in freedom.