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So, I've been captured by two verses recently. The first goes like this:

"We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf" (Hebrews 6:19-20).

My first reaction was, No we don't; I hardly know anyone who actually has this anchor for the soul. If there is anything that characterizes the souls of this postmodern age, it is adrift. Not anchored. Anchorless. But God promises we CAN have this anchor, this hope, if we choose so. What is the hope? The Kingdom of Jesus; the sure and certain reality of the Kingdom of God, and the coming of that Kingdom. If you put your hopes in that, it will anchor your soul.

The second verse comes a bit later in Hebrews, but returns to the same theme: 

"Since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken..." (12:28)

This felt particularly appropriate today. Our country (the U.S.) is obviously as deeply divided as we were in the Civil War (probably never, in fact, recovered spiritually from it). But friends, a reminder—we are citizens of a Kingdom that is as beautiful and true and glorious and loving as this world is not; we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

If we set our hearts there, we find that we, too, cannot be shaken.

Thought this might be helpful in the midst of the maelstrom.

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John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John met his wife, Stasi, in high school.... READ MORE

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