We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:19, NIV
The USS Gerald Ford is the American Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. It is nearly 1,100 feet long and weighs approximately 100,000 tons. The anchor for such a huge ship weighs 30,000 pounds. The anchor chain is 1,440 feet long with each link in the chain weighing 136 pounds. This anchor system is small compared to the anchors on the larger Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
Sailing ships in the first century had tiny anchors compared to modern ones, yet the idea of an anchor was well-known. The author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote that hope is the anchor for the soul, holding the soul “firm and secure.” If it takes a 15-ton anchor and 98-ton chain to keep an aircraft carrier steady, think of the job hope has in keeping the human soul steady amidst the storms of life. Hope allows us to enter the very presence of God—surely the most “firm and secure” place we could possibly be.
Because God is good, He has given us the gift of hope. And God’s hope never disappoints because it is rooted in the character and promises of God Himself.
True faith is ever connected with hope. John Calvin