19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20, NIV)
There was no moon this night. Clouds covered the stars. Unable to see much beyond the light of the torches, the captain gave the order “Lower the anchor!” A dozen men working together hefted the anchor over the side. The splash was so large, water sprayed some of the men. The anchor sank into the murky depths of the sea, eventually finding rest. Knowing the anchor was secure, the men too found rest for the night.
Throughout history, anchors have played an important role in exploration and sailing. Winds can easily blow a boat off course, causing it to become lost which can be deadly for all onboard. But an anchor secures the boat. In times of high winds and calm seas, an anchor holds the boat in position, preventing it from blowing and drifting off course.
Just as ships have a planned course they are to follow, God has a plan for each one of us. We are not to wander aimlessly through life, doing only what we want, when we want. Jesus is our anchor. He never changes and never waivers. He is steadfast and true, firm and secure. By keeping our focus on Him, we too can remain steadfast in following the plan God has for us.
Using Jesus as our anchor can help keep us from blowing in the wind, from one thing to the next, with no direction. With the rise in social media, our attention constantly jumps from one thing to the next. It seems that every day we hear of a new trend that we just have to try. Jesus anchors us to our faith in the Lord and our trust in Him. We don’t need to jump on every new trend, we don’t need to try the latest cool thing. We need to keep our focus on the Lord and His plan.
As our anchor, Jesus also gives us hope and provides light in the darkness. We are never alone to face our struggles and our challenges. Jesus is always there with us, helping us through. We have been saved through Jesus’ sacrifice. That salvation cannot be taken from us, nor the knowledge that one day, we will be spending eternity in the throne room of the Lord God Almighty.
So what does this mean for us? We are never alone! We can, and should, always turn to Jesus. He is there for us through good times and bad. At all times, He can help keep us focused on the path God has laid out before us. How does Jesus anchor your life?
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