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WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD (Guest Article)

June 8, 2015

                                                              WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD?

“Our heart has not turned back, and our steps have not deviated from Thy way, Yet Thou hast crushed us in a place of jackals,  And covered us with the shadow of death.”—Psalm 44:18f.

Lightning crashes; the winds whirl; clouds throw down their icy orbs destroying crops and roofs. Remembered springs alert us that all’s not well when quiet, humid mornings hide the terrors of the night. Like the Psalmist we may wonder why God’s providence seems so veiled. How do you explain a world like ours? Why do easy answers fail? Solomon posed similar questions in Ecclesiastes. His befuddlement answers to ours, and his conclusion still holds.

Put your anchor down deep into the Rock of Ages. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. The anchor only holds that rests resolutely in confidence that God is and that He loves you–whatever the seen may seem. He doesn’t call upon us to explain Him, nor does He seem beholden to explain His ways to us. Consider poor Job. He wrestled, too, with God’s inscrutable ways. Yet he never got an answer. Again, the Psalmist: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations . . . .” (46:10) “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea ….” (46:2)

God is. God loves you. God will take care of you. If you could explain these, you would be God. Since you are not, you must start with the given. Faith wins the day. Perhaps in your life you will see your faith sustained by events. Perhaps you will not. But that won’t make God any less real. How blessed you are when you can’t see the evidence, but you believe anyway.

The storms of weather and all other storms God allows into your life cannot sweep you away when you’re anchored in Him. Again Job. He had it right. “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” (13:15)

Larry A. Shelley

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