“In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” – Corrie Ten Boom (*quote, not Scripture)
This journal I’m using has “Jesus Is Our Anchor” twice, right in a row, so I’m guessing someone saw this as a very important aspect of His character! It is, indeed, most comforting to know that He holds fast in the midst of this craziness we call “life on earth”! This gives us, in the words of Fanny Crosby, a “blessed assurance” in our Savior.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf. He has become our high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19,20) Jesus was the perfect fulfillment of the law, by perfectly obeying all of His Father’s commandments. He then took the weight and guilt of all of our sins upon Himself, that He might be the perfect, final sacrifice for sin. “…He was led like a lamb to the slaughter…”. (Isaiah 53:7) “The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” (John 1:29) “And they cried out in a loud voice; ‘Salvation belongs to our God, Who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:10)
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” – Hebrews 6:19
Those who are steadfast and hold firmly to the Lord are blessed because of His faithfulness and their obedience. “For the call themselves after the holy city, and anchor themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is His name.” (Isaiah 48:2) With our hope and trust firmly secured in Jesus Christ, we can weather any of life’s storms.
Other false religions claim to offer hope akin to ours, but those quickly fade in comparison to Him, our Rock. “For their rock is not like our Rock, as even our enemies concede.” (Deuteronomy 32:31) “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:20 “For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32)
Even when the going gets rough, remember that keeping Christ as the foundation of our faith is the most important aspect of our walk with God. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
“What a wonderful God we have – He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy.” – II Corinthians 1:3
Jesus is unique as the source of life, because He actually conquered death itself. “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” (Acts 3:15) “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself.” (John 5:26)
Jesus came to earth as the source of eternal life, for those who would believe in Him as the promised Messiah. “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:4) It is impossible to be spiritually redeemed without a relationship with Jesus, which includes accepting His atoning sacrifice for sin: “Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.’ ” (John 6:53)
Believing in God Himself and having knowledge of the Scriptures is not good enough: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (John 5:39,40) “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:39)
“If God sends us on stony paths, He provides strong shoes.” – Corrie Ten Boom (*quote, not Scripture)
“God is my helper! The Lord is the provider for my life.” (Pslam 54:4) He is our Creator, therefore God is the giver of life. As such, He is the one Who has determined what we need to live, and He is the one who ensures our provision. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
He never promised life would be easy, however. It can seem as though we are allowed to be pushed to our breaking point, but we must remember to thank Him, even in times of hardship. “And (Job) said, ‘Nake I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
In our darkest hour, we must cling to the fact that our Provider also is our Sustainer through the storms. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) Know that God’s sovereignty will not allow you to be tempted beyond what He allows, He will not let evil consume you, if you are walking with Him.
“Near my home is a spring that never varies its flow…Its flow is steady, reliable, and unending. Such is the peace we all yearn for – and such is the peace Jesus promises to all who trust in Him.” – Billy Graham (*quote, not Scripture)
“For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) In contrast to Satan, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” Jesus comes to bring peace and comfort: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
With all of the craziness in the various governments in the world today, what a comfort it truly is to know that God’s eternal kingdom will be a place where “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying of pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Governments vie for power – wars rage and evil often seems to triumph, but Jesus, our Prince of Peace, offer us hope: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)