Revised Standard Version:

19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchiz′edek.  (Matthew 6:19-20)   

The Message:

 18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an  unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of  Melchizedek. (Matthew 6:19-20)

 Our hope in God’s steadfast promises is the

“anchor” and “lifeline” for our soul.


Space X and NASA recently launched four astronauts to the International Space Station. It is a daunting journey to lift off and defy earth’s gravitational pull. That firm foundation God placed on this earth is an anchor that holds us securely in place. We cannot drift upward as those astronauts will experience in space.

I was reading a book by Scott Kelly regarding his year on the International Space Station, titled Endurance: My Year in Space. A Lifetime of Discovery when this November 2020 launch happened. One emphasis Mr. Kelly  makes when performing a spacewalk is to ensure, absolutely and repeatedly, that his tether is securely attached. If it becomes detached, he knows he will drift away and, likely, die alone in space.

Our anchor, our lifeline, our tether is not gravity on earth. It is God Himself. We hold to His promises, His love, His grace, His hope to secure our, otherwise, wayward drifting in life. God is the anchor securing us steadily on the right walk.

When we think another lifeline is available to us, we risk drifting away, lost and alone, without hope. Jesus came to earth to provide the true lifeline to God. When we securely attach to Him, we have the hope and assurance of God’s promises, the anchor for our souls.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

(Psalm 62: 5-6)


(Sharon  G. Tate blog  December 11, 2020)  Meditations on God’s Word