Growing up in the South West of Western Australia meant that my friends and I got to do a lot of exploring and climbing along the rocky cliffs and sand dunes hugging the shore line along the rugged coast.
The most important part of climbing is to get a good grip on whatever you can get your fingers on. But if that thing you are holding onto isn’t stable enough then you may as well have no grip at all!
There were those nervous times that the closest thing I could take hold of was a few blades of grass poking through a crevice or a precariously loose looking rock just ahead of me. Most of the time I would guess correctly, but some times my anchor point would become the weak point and I’d fall backwards or slide back down the slope!
When it comes to climbing vertical rock faces it’s even more important to lock into a secure anchor. Most climbing walls have had expert climbers install permanent anchor points into the rock so that the weaker climbers who follow can climb with confidence.
Sometimes life can be a little like taking hold of a few blades of grass poking from a crevice. We guess our way along what we think is the best path and we do the best we can, but inevitably we come face to face with our own weaknesses and failings.
Despite our best efforts to be guilt or shame free, the gravity of sin within leaves us feeling bruised and battered and unworthy to enter into the presence of God.
But the good news is Jesus. Jesus is the climber who has gone before us, who has scaled the wall that was impossible for us to climb. He has entered into the presence of God, and through what He has done on the cross, has cleared the way for us all to follow Him:
‘We who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf’ – Hebrews 6:18b-20a (NLT/ NIV)
Live confident and enter into the presence of God daily, knowing that you have taken hold of an anchor that will never move!
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