Anchors have many purposes:
- Connects the ship to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or currents.
- Keeps the ship safe and secure at a desired location.
- Protects the ship from moving into unsafe waters or slowly drifting aground or drifting into danger.
- Helps control the ship during bad weather
- Tethers the boat to the seabed but could act as a brake increasing the drag through the water. That is why anchors are sometimes called “boat brakes.”
- Prevents the vessel from turning broadside to the waves and being overwhelmed by them if the anchor is attached to the stern of the ship.
- Holds the boat in place.
- Causes the boat to dig deeper into the bottom.
The world we live in is an increasingly hostile one.
- Prevailing philosophy is “You can’t tell me what to do.”
- It is proclaimed that there is no absolute truth. My truth is just as valid and contains just as much truth as your truth.
- “I’ll do what I want to,” is the prevailing philosophy or promoted practice.
- Today, it is typical to be accused of not being tolerant or having tolerance when we hold to Christian views.
- Wrong is proclaimed as right and right is proclaimed as wrong.
Adrian Rogers said (as quoted in Famine in the Land by Steven Lawson), “It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling truth than to be loved for telling a lie…It’s better to stand alone with the truth than to be wrong with a multitude.”
So many choices in life will come down to a simple question:
- Am I God or is God God?
- Does this please God or does this just please me?
If I’m God—and obviously I’m not—then I can do what I want to. I’m the proverbial King of the Castle.
But if God is God—and obviously He is—then I must submit to—and obey—His Word.
That is the only safe anchor point!
- Micah 2:13 – God is before His people.
- Psalm 139:5 – God is behind His people.
- Deuteronomy 33:12 – God is above His people.
- Isaiah 40:11 – God is beneath His people.
- Psalm 125:2 – God is around His people.
- Matthew 1:23 – God is with His people.
- Isaiah 12:6 – God is in the midst of His people.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 – God is in His people.
He’s the God in my past protecting me. He’s the God in my present leading me. He’s the God in my future, waiting on me, yet He’s never moved. He created all things and He owns everything yet He purchased you and me. Jesus: If you find yourself distanced from God remember He’s not the one that has moved. You are!
He’s my anchor! He’s my hope!