There is a lot of debate in the nautical world whether you should anchor a boat on the sea when a storm approaches. Some say “yes” and others say you’re crazy to. However, when faced with an impossible situation, it is often natural to want to throw an anchor overboard to ground yourself and keep yourself from drifting on the rough seas. The question is where do we put our anchors?
When faced with the storms that will inevitably hit our lives, do we run for high ground or do we run back to our “safe place?” That place where we always found comfort in the past. For some this is drugs, others alcohol. It could be the safety we find in the arms of another man or woman outside of marriage, or perhaps it is the internet pornography that is so easily accessible these days. Regardless, we need to be careful where we place our anchors.
When the storm hits, many times we have no warning and are not prepared for it. Take for example, unemployment. You get called into the office one Friday only to find that you are no longer employed. No warning…no sirens…no weather station telling you its coming. Now you have to determine how to tell your family. How to face the humility of telling your children that you no longer have a job. Your mind wanders to “how will I feed my family?” or “how will I pay rent?” The storm clouds are rolling in and the wind is beginning to pick up. The sky darkens above you and you begin to doubt your abilities as both a husband and a father and the next thing you know you are throwing down your anchor to weather the storm.
If this has happened to you, or you may be dealing with it now, I can assure you that God will weather the storm with you. You are never alone in the boat. Instead of anchoring yourself to the world, anchor yourself in faith and prayer.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
For some this is much easier than others. I myself find it easy to have faith in the dark times. I have seen first-hand what God can do if we allow Him to work in our lives. It was not always that easy for me. I found myself running from God when the storms approached and anchoring myself in the world instead of anchoring myself in Jesus. Somehow that never worked out for me and the storms only intensified. It does not come easily though. Like anything else in life, it takes practice removing the doubt in our lives. Doubt only comes from the father of lies.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” James 4:7
You have to ask yourself, “where is my anchor?” Are you anchored to an addiction or perhaps you are just anchored to doubt instead of faith. Well, I can tell you that there is a way to weather the storm and break free of that anchor weighing you down.
The anchor of a U.S. aircraft carrier weighs over 30 tons and the links are just an incredible size and strength. Sometimes we allow our anchor to grow to ensure that we are firmly grounded in our “safe zone.” Once we are anchored, our sin only strengthens the chain that holds us there. Fortunately there is a solution.
I believe that most of you have heard the song by Zach Williams entitled Chain Breaker. In his song he talks about God breaking the chains of sin that bind us. My God is a chain breaker.God can also break the chain of the anchor that is holding you down regardless of its size or strength.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
No matter what storm you may be experiencing in your life today, God has already provided a safe haven for you. He sent His son to die upon a cross and shed His blood so that you no longer had to be anchored to sin in this world! He carried your sin and mine so that we did not have to. And He did all this before you were even born!
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Can you ever imagine such love? Not in this world, but My God is love. He loves us so much that he would sacrifice His only son so that we may be free. What a wonderful gift. It is only by faith that you are saved. So when the storm approaches, be sure to anchor yourself in faith and prayer rather than the things of this world. You will see such a difference in how you are able to weather the storm.
Dear Father, I thank you for your wonderful grace and mercy. I will never be worthy of your grace but I thank you that you sent your Son to die upon the cross for me so that I no longer had to be anchored to this sinful world. I pray today that these words may touch someone as they have me. I pray that anyone that may be anchored in the wrong place, that You will reach out to them wherever they are and touch them and let them know that they are not alone. Send Your Holy Spirit upon them and strengthen them or convict them that they may turn the tide and find You waiting for them. I will continue to give You all the glory forever. Amen!