Guest Post: Anchors For the Soul
Today’s post was written by Wanjeri Oguya. I met her at a women’s bible study in my locality. I pray that you are encouraged in knowing that your Savior is a strong anchor in times of tempest storms.
Do you have sea legs? I’ve never been to the sea. Consequently, I don’t know if I have sea legs or not. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the beautiful and super loaded metaphor that an anchor represents.
An Anchor is a symbol of hope
In scripture, the term ‘anchor’ is used metaphorically to represent a holding point. It’s a heavyweight something, a solid thing that grounds us when the inevitable storms of life assail us. It is a symbol of hope SURE.
Picture the epic storm scene; Sailors at sea and the rage of the loud roaring waters. They’re terrified but they’re also highly experienced. The next thing you see them do is throwing an anchor overboard to stabilize the boat. The anchor increases the drag through the turbulent waters. In the next scene, whereas everything may be in upheaval, the ship weathers the storm. So you see, the anchor gave sailors a sense of hope as they set out into the unknown waters where storms WOULD eventually come.
If the seas were always calm, and the waters always still, no one would have ever needed an anchor in the first place! Corrie Ten Boom alludes to this idea when she says, “To realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” This truth has particular relevance in these times when so much around us is shaken.
The current global crisis caused by COVD-19 is the metaphorical equivalent of a stormy gale. The foundations have been shaken. Economies have been shaken. Loss and illness have shaken families. Workers shook by job cuts and pay cuts. Who would have believed that all such foundations can be shaken? We relate with the Psalmist when he asks in Psalm 11:3 “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
But we, the righteous, have this as our hope; some things CANNOT be shaken. God has provided an UNSHAKABLE holding point for our souls. I pray that God would speak to our hearts as we consider again these old truths that we already know:
- Our God is unshakable
“Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:4 (NLT)
Scriptures’ writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, used a wealth of vocabulary to describe God’s unchangeable character as He revealed Himself to them in diverse ways. We see that He is our fortress (Psalm 91;2) and a Strong Tower (Proverbs 18:10). He remains the same (Hebrews 13:8). God, in all His power and utter perfection, is unshakable. When everything else is rattling, shall we take a moment to consider our unshakable God, and His kind invitation for us to lean on His immovability and His immutable character? Let’s!
2. God’s word is unshakeable
‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.’ Mark 13:31
Psalm 1 describes the man who has put his anchor down into God’s word. He is compared to a tree that bears fruit like clockwork every season. Anchoring our lives on God’s word causes us to bear fruit, regardless of life’s weather patterns.
We were made for eternity (Ecc 3:11); may it be true of us therefore, that an eternity-bound mindset forms the backdrop for our lives. God’s word is a sure anchor for our souls because it opens up God’s thoughts and perspective to us so that we can behold truth, and respond to it with the help of His Holy Spirit. Christ himself said, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4).
In an article titled “Every Woman Needs The Whole Bible”, Rachel Jankovic says, “The word of God certainly does encourage us. But it undoes us first. It destroys and remakes us (Hosea 6:1). It doesn’t maul us to leave us as a carcass on the table of our quiet time, but it calls us back to life through dying to ourselves. Like the words of the prophet Ezekiel, the word puts flesh on our bones (Ezekiel 37:4–6). It breathes life into us. The Bible calls us to the purposes of God, equips us for those purposes, and then sends us out to do them.”
Let’s open and read the whole Bible.
3. We are recipients of an unshakable kingdom
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28–29).
Think about it! We are recipients of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. How? As co-heirs with Jesus Christ into a kingdom where God shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15)
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
When we put our trust In Christ, we are repositioned and grafted into God’s family as adopted sons, heirs together with His Son, the living Christ. 1 Peter 2:9 describes our new position “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”. Everything else may rattle and move but our position in Christ is established.
An anchor signifies the end of a long journey
An anchor also signifies the end of a long journey. We’ll one day anchor our ships at dock in the place that God has prepared for us. It will be the end of a long journey. Storms will then cease and we will be eternally in His glorious presence.
Answers or Not, We’re Okay
If you’re like me, you sometimes have more questions than answers. We might not have all the answers, but we don’t need to have them all – we’re anchored in God.
In the words of Jeffrey R. Holland, “A woman’s abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest.” So I bid you join me, by faith to sing:
‘When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.’