Drop Anchor or Sail Away
Daily Devotional for July 28th
And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band. And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. Acts 27:1-2
As seas and oceans are unpredictable, so is this world. Your life is the ship that sails through these waters. The analogy is accurate because, as a ship rests upon the waters and is moved by the waves, so our lives are continually affected by the world. The Lord intends to make an experienced sailor out of us.
When storms come at sea, some sailors turn and head back to the harbor. This is exactly what Satan wants you to do. When we see trouble on the horizon, most of us turn and run. Do you seek that save harbor that you are accustomed to dwelling in? The safe harbor and the anchor are much alike. The choice of which to seek in time of storm reveals experience of the sailor. The amateur sailor hasn’t learned to trust in the anchor, but the experienced sailor has. To the experienced sailor, the anchor is the same as being in harbor.
Is it true that the devil knows most of us will run in fear at the slightest growl from him? Does the smallest of storm clouds cause you to start turning your ship back to land? Why do we do this? Is it because we have seen so many ships sink at sea or is it that we have not learned to trust God? The very thought of an anchor screams “I’m not running in terror!” It says “I will not allow this storm to keep me from my destination.”
Dropping anchor requires courage, but it means that we will not give up any ground we have made along our voyage. It means you have come too far to turn back. You haven’t lived for God in the time you have just to turn and walk away from Him in hard times. It’s in these hard times where we turn our back to the safe harbors and trust Jesus more and more every day.
Every day that we live, we have a decision to make. Will we drop anchor or sail away? As previously said, dropping anchor reveals the experience of the sailor. It boldly tells the storm “I’m not running from you in fear.” You’re not running me off again. I’m going to ride out this storm.” Is the Lord making you into an experienced sailor? Are you faced today with the choice of whether to sail back or drop anchor? If you’ll drop anchor and trust God, then God is about to bring you into a new level where you become more comforted anchored than tied to any harbor dock.