When I was a young, ten-year-old boy, we packed up the car, filled the roof-top carrier, and headed 32 miles north of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, to go on a fishing vacation at a place called Beaverland Camp on the Martin River. The first year was learning the ropes, asking questions, and realizing that fishermen keep their favourite fishing spots a secret.
The second year, my dad took some advice and hired a guide. We soon learned that we should go to Lake Wickstead, and the guide showed us some good fishing holes.
I also learned that when we found a good fishing hole, we had to put down our anchor or we soon drifted away, and the fish would no longer bite. A good anchor kept us where we needed to be.
The anchor is used in the Bible as a symbol for God's Word that keeps us from drifting away from righteousness into sin.
Psalm 119:61 – Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions. (NLT)
The anchor is also a very early Christian symbol that has been found in ancient catacombs. It brings together the cross and nautical Christian symbolism, and it symbolizes the Christian hope in Christ that gives us a sense of safety amid a turbulent world.
Hebrews 6:19 – This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. (NLT)
The anchor of Jesus Christ is of such quality that no matter how strong the storm nor how heavy the strain that comes upon it, the hold grows deeper and firmer. The storm, no matter how great, does not drive believers from the Saviour. Instead, it just anchors their souls deeper in the Rock of Ages.
When we are anchored in Christ, we will be able to withstand the storm in our lives. Nothing that God does is without purpose. While sometimes He allows us to go through trials to grow us, He can also take away the trials in our lives when we seek Him. When the storm clouds begin to roll in, we should immediately seek His will in the matter. Whether God's will is for us to endure the trial or for it to be removed, anchoring ourselves in Christ and seeking His will is always the best plan of action.
Every one of us will face storms in our lives. To realize the worth of an anchor, we need to feel the storm. Will your anchor hold you?
Prayer; Gracious Father, may the anchor of Your Word stop us from drifting too far away from You. Lord, may the anchor of our hope in Jesus Christ keep us where we need to be and help us through any storm. May His hold grow deeper and firmer in us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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