The Power of God's Promise
Scripture Reading — Hebrews 6:13-20
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19 —
In 1988 a terrible earthquake shook the country of Armenia. Thousands of people died. In one small town right after the earthquake a father rushed to his son's school, only to find the building flattened.
Many times this father had promised, "No matter what, I'll be there for you when you need me." Now it seemed hopeless, but he started removing some of the rubble. Others discouraged him, but he kept working. After 38 long hours of digging, the exhausted man heard a scream from beneath the rubble. It was his son's voice! Soon the father saw the first of 13 school children who had survived the quake. When the building had collapsed, they had been spared in a tent-like pocket.
This story appeared in the Armenian press and later in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul. But in the Bible we find an even more amazing story about the fulfillment of God's promise to save us, his children, through Jesus Christ. In Jesus our heavenly Father keeps his promise!
God's promise to save us is unchanging, and our strength for a daily walk of faith is deeply rooted in that promise. In our reading for today the Bible compares this hope to an anchor. Even when terrible storms of life be?siege us, we should not fear. Thanks to our anchor, Jesus Christ, our salvation is always firm and secure, for God has promised!
Our heavenly Father, thank you for your firm promise of salvation in Jesus Christ! Make us, your children, worthy of your fatherly promise, as we go about serving you! Amen.