THE ANCHOR HOLDS
The Anchor Holds is a devotional prepared by Jack Witte,
a long-time member of Grace Church.
(This devotional's title is inspired by the song
"The Anchor Holds" written and performed by Donnie Sumner.)
September 25, 2023
“We also have joy with our troubles … because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character … and character produces hope. And this hope of ours will never disappoint us, because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts.”
A interesting Bible story is the story of Daniel and his journey into the lion's den. Daniel found himself in a dire situation of crisis. His religious convictions had been challenged and Daniel refused to make allowances. Daniel could have fought his way out, or made concessions... but instead he made no attempt to defend himself, believing instead that God was with him and would protect him.
Daniel may have said something like this … “I am in this predicament and I cannot escape it. I will put my complete trust in my God and will accept my fate, if it be His will.”
What saved Daniel was his acceptance of his circumstances and the faith he had that God would see him through. Daniel still had to spend time in the lion's den, for God didn't save him from it. God's saving grace came to Daniel while he was in the lion's den.
Most of us would rather run from the trials and difficulties we are facing rather than accept them. We cry out … “Why God? Why does this have to happen to me?”
When we lose a job or a loved one … when cancer comes into our lives… when our finances are in shambles and our friends have turned their backs on us. We too still need to spend time in our difficult situations because God doesn't promise to save us from them, but that He would save us while we are in them.
I believe God desires to meet each of us right where we are this morning. That He plans to work in each of our situations if we will allow Him to move according to His plan and not ours. In our weakness we can very often fail to see His movement, yet we can completely trust Him that He will.
Your Anchor will hold … in spite of your storm!
(Please enjoy this music video, "I Will Trust" by Red Rocks Worship)