17th November 2018

What is Your Anchor?

“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Hebrews 6:18-19 (NIV)

Have you ever seen the anchor of a big ship? If you have you will know it’s pretty impressive. For example the main anchor of the Titanic weighed 15 tons. Anchors for big ships have to be large, heavy and suitable for holding the ship against the power of the sea. If you have ever seen a really rough sea, even from the land, you know it is extremely powerful. From time to time natural disasters show us the destructive force of the sea. Rough seas and high winds go hand in hand so a big, powerful anchor is essential for a large ship, like a cruise liner.

But what about us? Do we have a powerful anchor to hold us firmly as we go through the storms of life? What if we are battered by bad parenting, maybe going through divorce  as an adult or a child, or even worse the death of a parent when we are young? What about the pressures of university, then the pressures of finding and keeping a job? What about the pressures of paying rent while trying to save for a mortgage, and at the same time having to eat and buy clothes and coping while in a low paying job?

Could money be the anchor we need? What protection is money against a serious, maybe even a terminal health problem? What protection is money if we are disabled or lonely or if our suffering is emotional from problems in our past. A Doctor can help to heal a broken arm but who is going to heal a broken heart?

Perhaps our anchor is our latest project: we are going to run a marathon, climb a mountain, learn a language, write a book or do something which engages us so totally we can shut out all the feelings we don’t want to face.

Do we actually need an anchor anyway? Well, No, if you lead a blessed life where you never face a problem, where you never face a challenge, where you never face a situation that could overwhelm you. But how many people have lives like that? Very, very few! So to get us through the storms of life we do need an anchor that is both secure and not related to our physical, material life. An anchor we can cling to that will hold us firm whatever kind of storm we face. An anchor that is totally secure, irrespective of our situation, whether rich or poor, in good health or sickness, and which gives absolute security for our future. As the scripture above shows Christians have that absolutely secure anchor!

Prayer
Gracious Father, in an insecure and uncertain world, strengthen our faith and belief so we are anchored securely by our hope and relationship with you through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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