What is happening to our world and our lives? This is the question in the minds of many people at this present time. This time last year we had no idea about wearing masks, social distancing and groups of six. The pandemic crashed into our lives like an unexpected tidal wave and we have been tossed into a chaotic, unsteady and uncertain future. That is the reality for many, unless you have something sure and steadfast to hold onto: an anchor for your soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.
Hebrews 6:19 (NKJV)
In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer points us to the 'anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast'. When might you need an anchor? When a storm comes and you need something secure to keep you from being swept out to sea or shipwrecked on the rocks. Just as a tidal wave obliterates everything in its way, the enemy of our souls, Satan, brings trials and tribulations to try to obliterate our lives, as it says in John 10:10, "the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy". In these kinds of situations, when God appears to be absent, we often begin to ask questions about God's character: Where is He? Why doesn't He do something? Doesn't He care?
Jesus was familiar with these kind of questions about His nature as the Son of God. In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples were in a boat on the lake and there was a fierce storm. But Jesus was asleep. The disciples were afraid, and they started to question his character.
And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”. Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still?” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Mark 4:38-41 (NKJV)
The disciples were scared in the face of the storm that threatened to obliterate them. They also couldn't understand how Jesus could be sleeping when they were felt like they were going to die. Jesus could see their fear and told them to have faith. Instead of fearing the storm, they should have known the power and the character of the one in the boat with them. In fact, when they saw Jesus' power over the storm, they feared 'exceedingly'; the storm was nothing in comparison to His power.
There is an anchor of hope that has been thrown out to keep hold of us when we go through the storm. Jesus is that sure and steadfast anchor. He has Himself taken the battering of the waves of the enemy. He took all the trouble, the trials, the fear, the pain, the suffering on our behalf when He died on the cross two thousand years ago. When we are tied to Him we needn't fear. When you are tempted to question His character, know that He is well aware of what you are going through, and He loves you, and He's got you. Let Jesus be the anchor of your soul, hold on to Him by faith and He will keep you stable and secure.
At Stable, we have a calling to be a witness to the sure and stable hope we have in Jesus. No pandemic, or any other challenge can shake those who have found the one who is the anchor of their souls. Take hold of Him, for He is sure and steadfast.
Be stable and stay blessed.