October 6th, 2017 — DEVOTE

What picture comes to your mind when I say the word “anchor”? If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t see a little boat anchor like we might have in our boats, but you saw this great big anchor, with a tremendously heavy chain, that would be attached to a huge ship.

Now think about that massive anchor, the one if on land you and I together would be unable to budge, the one that is probably less than 1% of the total weight of the entire ship, but it’s this anchor that keeps the boat steady and keeps it from drifting. It’s this anchor that keeps the ship securely in place, so that no storm can drag it off into uncharted waters. This anchor keeps the boat from being turned in every direction, or even capsizing. This anchor is heavy, and when it’s put in the water, it goes to the deepest part of the water to secure not only the ship, but those on the ship.

I’ve told you this before, but I write these devotions first of all for myself. I needed to read this word, write this word, and hear this word today. Today is a day when I’ve got to stand firm in what I believe and in the hope that I have in Jesus. People… things… are always going to disappoint us, but Jesus never will. Here’s what I read in the Word today that spurned all this on…
“Now His promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.” Hebrews 6:18b-19a CEV

I don’t know what kind of  inclement weather you’re facing in your life. It really doesn’t matter how much the winds and waves are battering your ship, or how much more you think you can face. It’s doesn’t matter if you think you’re going down for the last time, because your anchor holds!

That’s right – your anchor holds! So does mine. Jesus is that anchor. Jesus is our hope in the middle of the storm. He is sure… He is steadfast… He will keep us from being tossed around… He will keep us upright… He will keep us secure… He will keep us safe until the storm passes.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I’m going to ask you to think on this verse today. Remember Jesus is our hope. That just as the anchor of a huge sea-going vessel goes all the way down to the deepest part of the waters to secure the ship… Jesus went all the way down into the deepest part of the earth to secure you – His vessel! Anything you have to face today, you don’t have to face alone. I pray our God fills every one of you with hope – His hope!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand! Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen