“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,” Hebrews 6:19 New King James Version
You don’t want to be on a ship with a captain who doesn’t know how to navigate a ship through a storm. You don’t need expertise if the sea is always smooth sailing. Make sure Jesus is on your ship. Everything cannot be prayed away. But, if you are anchored in the Lord, you will not sink.
- Psalm 34:19 New King James Version – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Make sure you have a full-time relationship with the Lord. (Make sure you don’t only call on the Lord when you think you need Him. We always need Jesus.)
- Isaiah 59:19 New King James Version – So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Make sure you have Jesus on the ship on Fridays and Saturdays too. Jesus ought to be comfortable with what we are doing everyday of the week. We cannot let our flesh have everything it wants. We can’t play with the anchor, Jesus Christ, putting Him up and down when we want. We must be anchored in the Lord everyday. Some people try to ease the effects of their storm through alcohol, sex, drugs, etc., but that only makes the storm worse.
MAKE JESUS THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR LIFE. HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH EVERY TRIAL. He won’t eliminate storms, but He will help you go through them to the other side.
- Jesus spoke to the storm and said peace be still to the storm, and the sea and the waves obeyed.
- How can the elements obey God and we don’t.
- If God tells you don’t go to a certain place, don’t go.
When people lose hope, they stop expecting. Or, they begin to expect the wrong thing. Consider Job. He was facing financial, relationship, spiritual and physical storms all at the same time. Job was a perfect man who feared God and stayed away from evil. (We can’t love God and do evil at the same time.)
- Job 1:1 New King James Version – There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
Can we say we are running to God and away from evil? Job and his wife were facing the storms of life. Read Job 1:1-7. Storms are coming to this world, and even the United States. Both of them went through the same storm but they had two different reactions.
- Job was faithful in the storm. Job 1:22 – In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
- Job’s wife was bitter in the storm. Job 2:9-10 – Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? curse God and die!” Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
Job was anchored in the Lord. There is not way we can be anchored in the Lord and not hold on to hope. HOPE IS OUR ANCHOR. Remember to praise God in the storm. God is going to bring you to the other side. There is always hope when you are in Christ.