Will Your Anchor Hold?

July 14, 2020
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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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Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Comforting thoughts, Larry.

    Thanks for the great message.

    Great reminder, Larry. Thanks, and God bless!

    Thanks, Larry. In today’s world, we surely need this anchor!

    Excellent word Larry. Thank you.

    One of my father’s favorite hymns is “Will your Anchor Hold” by Priscilla J. Owens.

    Thanks Larry may we all be fishers of people wherever we are anchored. Blessings.

    The hymn by this name has helped me weather many of life’s storms. It always makes me smile. Thank you.

    Thank you, Larry, for a good challenge today. May our anchors hold in the storms of life.
    Keep writing!

    A very good analogy in today’s devotional, Larry.
    Thank you

    This was a great devotional with an excellent lesson, Larry. Even your name fits!
    Blessings to you!

    Grateful for your good words today with personal illustrations that just make things clearer. Sure helps me today, Larry.

    Thank you, Larry for such an appropriate devotional for the times we are living in. I’ll be sure to share but keep it close in my own heart too.

    Right on. Wow. So true.
    Thanks for sharing, your “help” here. Appreciated.
    In Christ whatever happens.

    Thank you. I’ve forwarded this to my little group of young people who appreciate the symbolism of anchors and tree roots as we navigate life.
    Good job.

    Dear Larry,
    Thank you for the education of the anchor in the Bible and of your story to anchor the importance of the anchor with God in our lives. May you have a blessed day and stay anchored.

    My brother died too young. He drove the tractor on our farm and as he drove, he sang ‘Will your tracker hold’ when on a hill and various other. This one I remember we could hear him over the sound of the tractor.

    Greetings Larry,
    Thanks for your very good devotional this morning. Placing our trust and faith in our Lord truly gives us a solid anchor of strength. With that anchor we can ride the tide of whatever trials we face in life.
    Blessings for writing.

    Good morning Larry. I cannot thank you enough for your devotional today “Will your anchor hold”.
    I have been reading the daily devotionals for the past few years. This is the best one I have ever read. It is so relevant, and I can certainly draw parallels to my own life.

    Dear Larry,
    Thank you for your wonderful devotional.
    When I took a Profession of Faith class, my pastor used the anchor as well. He told us that the anchor and the chain were what connected us to God. It is the Holy Spirit that held us to Him. I loved that analogy too.
    Thank you for sharing your faith in Christ, our Saviour, with us.
    May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.

    I like the symbolism of Christ as the anchor as it is easy to visualize.
    Thank you.

    Larry Fisher:
    Special thanks for this:
    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.
    Keep writing,

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