Sunday, February 2, 2014

Soul Security

I recently completed teaching an online class on the Letter to the Hebrews. For a few weeks I am sharing thoughts that came from this study.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19-20).

Security is a human need. We make a good many moves trying to find it. We act in various ways because we do not have it.  We look for it in social approval, as in having lots of people like us.  Some look for it in fame... in athletics, music, the arts. People who are my age tend to put a lot of emphasis on finances and wealth accumulation as they move into the retirement years.

The writer of Hebrews penned a line that is as beautiful as it is relevant: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The ultimate answer to our insecurity is found in true spirituality. What is needed is something that brings security to our souls--that deepest part of us. What is needed is something that connects us to our Creator. And that is where Jesus come in.

He goes behind the curtain (and we need the Jewish background to appreciate this) and he enters on our behalf. He not only had what it took to go there, but he had the love to make what he had count for us. And that is really the key to this security thing: it is knowing your are dearly loved--loved by God. That, and that alone, is an anchor for the soul. Something will always be missing until we have that anchor in that place.

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