For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:13-20, ESV
Who can you trust? When two ‘experts’ disagree, which one is right? How can I, if I am not an expert, judge between experts? When one scientist produces a graph that disagrees with the graph produced by another scientist and their contradicting graphs are used to justify completely different actions, what are we non-scientists to do? As we continue to be avalanched by news reports and press conferences regarding the coronavirus outbreak, these questions naturally come to mind.
The Bible does not include any lessons on epidemiology to help us become experts in evaluating the virus experts. It does, however, offer us a sure foundation upon which to stand in times when facts seem about as firm as Jell-O. Hebrews 6:13-20 appeals to an event recorded in Genesis when God made a promise to Abraham. The promise was made as part of a covenant of immense importance in God’s redemptive plan. Nevertheless, instead of dwelling on the content of the promise, the author focuses on the veracity of the one who made it.
God swore an oath and God pinned the reliability of that oath on His good name. He did not appeal to any other standard because there is no higher standard when it comes to truth. When the all-knowing and always truthful God says something, you can take it to the bank as true because “it is impossible for God to lie.”
God has given us His Word of hope in Christ. We do not experts to analyze its credibility. Instead, we simply need to trust it and fly to Him “for refuge.” Because God cannot lie, we can run to His Word, especially His Word to us about His Son, Jesus our Great High Priest. We can run to this Word and we can trust this Word as “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”
If your soul needs an anchor today, turn in faith to God and His Word. His anchor holds firm. His promise of hope never waivers. He cannot lie.
May you be well-anchored today in God and His Word.