We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19)
Having lived in South Florida for most of my life, I have experienced my share of hurricanes. With time to prepare, many people wisely choose to evacuate the area to seek safety from the hurricane force winds. For those things left behind, here is what is needed in order to survive:
- Buildings need a strong foundation.
- Trees need a deep root system.
- Boats need a strong anchor.
I’m sure you see a common thread to what’s necessary for survival: connection to a secure foundation that cannot be moved. For the Christian, that secure foundation is the Unmoved Mover, the Lord God Omnipotent Himself. He is the anchor for our souls in times of trouble and trials. The Scriptures provide us with many wonderful examples of what it means to be anchored to the Unmoved Mover. The unshakable faith that many of the great saints of God demonstrated was firmly rooted in their trust in the unmovable God. They survived the severe storms winds that blew their way by shifting their focus away from their circumstances and looking to the One who is in control of all things and will not be moved by them.
What storms are in your life right now? If you are currently enjoying a season of sunshine, what storms are looming on the horizon? As I have often said here, all of us are in one of three stations in life: either we are in the middle of a storm; we are coming out of a storm; or we are headed into a storm. We move through life much as a ship does on the sea, sometimes experiencing a flat calm, at other times experiencing a freshening breeze, and at others struggling to stay afloat in great waves of challenge. But at all times, our Lord Jesus is at the helm of the ship, and our faith in Him anchors our hope to the very presence of the Unmoved Mover: the Triune God.
God never promised us a life devoid of storms. When Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake” (Mark 4:35), they all climbed into the boat, and Jesus, who was undoubtedly exhausted from the day’s ministry, fell fast asleep in the stern. When a furious squall arose, the disciples were terrified . . . yet still Jesus slept. Why did they fear? Because they forgot what Jesus had originally said before the journey began: “Let us go over to the other side.” This is the promise for all believers—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Regardless of whatever storms may arise, our Unmoved Mover will get us safely to the other side.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!