July 17, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is from Hebrews 6:13-20

13 When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. 16 Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. 17 In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

The world seems to more and more be a divided place with people hoisting up loyalties and oaths to a variety of political parties or other organizations. Too often, these man-made divisions seem to cause more issues than they solve. I like this reading as even God resolves that the one thing that anyone (even Himself) can rely on is... God.

Verse 19 rang out to me as I was reading this portion of Scripture: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.... God is truly the one thing we can rely on. When we are uncertain or tossed about mentally or spiritually with the craziness of the world, we have this one hope. This one true thing that should anchor us in place and settle us on a course forward: God.

Lord, please be our anchor in the storms we travel through these days. Hold us steady and firm in your unwavering grasp. Amen.

Chad Ryberg cryberg@livinglord.org

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