MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself,”
Hebrews 6:13 ESV
ANCHOR OF HIS PROMISE
In John Bunyan’s great allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, the incident is related of how Christian decides to leave the Main Highway and follow another Path which seemed easier. But this Path leads him into the territory of Giant Despair who owns Doubting Castle. Eventually he is captured by Giant Despair and kept in a dungeon. He is advised to kill himself. The Giant said there was no use trying to keep on with his journey. For the time, it seemed as if Despair had really conquered Christian. But then, Hope, Christian’s companion, reminds him of previous victories. So it came about that on Saturday about midnight they began to pray, and continued in prayer until almost morning.
Now a little before it was day, good Christian, as one half-amazed, broke out in passionate speech, “What a fool am I thus to lie in a stinking Dungeon, when I may as well be at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom called Promise that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle.” Then said Hopeful, “That’s good news. Good Brother, pluck it out of thy bosom and try.” And the prison gates flew open. (Matthew Kratz, The Attack on Hope)
The church being addressed in the book of Hebrews was caught in a storm of doubting their decision to follow Jesus. The author of Hebrews 6 is continuing to offer them reasons to hold on and continue to hope in Christ. One of those reasons in Hebrews 6:13 is that God has made certain promises and put His name on the line. Since God could swear by no one or nothing greater than His own reputation, He swears by His own Name.
One of the keys God has given us to open our doors of hope are His promises that are guaranteed by His Name. What are some of your favorite promises from the Bible? How do any of those promises apply to the storms you are facing or have recently faced? Thank God for those promises.