A simple anchor can always do it’s intended job.
Have you ever watched the sailboats and ships while sitting on the shoreline? Some of them seem to glide effortlessly across the water. Others seem to go at a much slower pace. Some even appear to have dropped their anchor as they sit awhile.
An anchor is defined as 1.) A central cohesive object for support and stability. 2.) A mechanical device that keeps a vessel from moving. 3.) A television reporter who reports a broadcast. 4.) To fix firmly and stable. So basically, it keeps things firm and secure. Even a television anchor must appear to be secure to give some of the news he/she must deliver each night!
Do you ever feel like you are being tossed back and forth in the waves of “life”? Right now there are so many things going on with my family and friends that I know they feel tossed to and fro! There were many times in my life that I wondered if I could hang on myself. Can you relate?
We have coasted out from the shoreline a time or two on boats. No wake, the water crystal clear and beautiful. We wanted to stay there…in the peaceful and calm water. But the wind or even other boats’ waves would move us up and down, side to side. How on earth could we stay put?
We dropped an anchor. We watched it fall down to the bottom of the water. It hit the sand with a thud and we knew we would stay put! We relaxed, rested and the peace simply engulfed us. How wonderful we had that anchor on board!!
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchuszedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20
In the old testament, before the birth and death of Christ, it was required that the priests go behind the curtain and offer blood sacrifices for the sins of the people. Only these priests could offer the sacrifices, and there were many requirements in which were done to make it pure. There was a curtain that they had to go behind to perform this duty. Well, friends…no more! Jesus Christ had done this for us once and for all!!
Our soul, once given up to Christ, is firm and secure! What do we know about anchors? They are stable, they are buried and they stay firm! Praise God we can say the same for our souls…once we have been born again. The anchor holds!
A chorus to a song from 1994 illustrates it even better……“The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn. Well I have fallen on my knees, as I faced the raging sea, but the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.” Lawerence Chewning and Ray Boltz
Are those seas rough? Are you being tossed a little too much for your liking? Cast out that anchor, drop in the water.
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible, Lyrics from “The Anchor Holds”