Anchor of the Soul
Daily Devotional for August 8th
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Hebrews 6:19
Life is definitely uncertain. We have no idea from day to day what life will bring forth. It seems though we do the best we can once a severe circumstance arises in our lives and try to hold on for dear life until it’s over. The only problem with this is that we do not have the strength within ourselves. Life’s troubles are stronger than human power! Spiritual storms endure longer than our own natural strength. Because of this, the storms of life often cause great devastation in our lives. We wind up walking away from the storm frustrated, discouraged and even defeated.
But along with the uncertainties of life, one thing is for certain, God never changes! Jesus promised that He would not leave us comfortless, but would come unto us. John 14:18. He also said that He would go with us all the way, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20. The writer of Hebrews compares our hope in Jesus to an anchor. This imagery puts us in mind of a ship that is out to sea driven and beaten by the violent winds causing the ship to be driven uncontrollably by the storm. The anchor, however, is the safety mechanism of the ship. The sailors may attempt to fight the storm by redirecting the helm or sails, but it will prove inadequate. The sailor lowers the anchor. The ship will continue to drift until the anchor grabs a hold. Once the anchor is set, the storm winds may blow, but the ship will go nowhere because it is held by the anchor!
Do you find yourself holding on with all of your might and find it inadequate? The Lord promised He would be a present help in time of trouble! Psalm 46. Jesus is the rock on which we must anchor! David declared of the Lord in the Psalms, “He only is my rock…I shall not be moved.” Psalm 62:6. We are the ship; Christ is the Rock! The anchor is part of the ship! It is up to us to lower the anchor down and attach it to the rock! This means that all we have to do is to trust in Jesus through the storm! Once our trust is in Jesus, the storm may continue to rage, but we shall not be moved! Your outcome in the storm will reveal what you chose to trust in. What are you anchored in?
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