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.)

November 15, 2021

“What could you not accept if you knew that everything that happens in your life, all events … past – present -and future, are gently planned by One whose only purpose is your good.” Author Unknown

 

This morning there are many who find themselves in a position that is difficult to accept, to say the least. The trials that many are facing are heart-breaking, trials that tear at your heart, trials that can rob us of our faith and the trust we have in God’s plan. Those dreaded words like … terminal … suicide … divorce … cause of death … unemployed … bankruptcy … and the many other words none of us want to hear. But the realities of living on this earth will bring these words into each of our lives at some point.

In the NIV translation of Romans 4:18 we read … “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed …” Another translation puts it like this … “When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham believed …” I was thinking about those words … “AGAINST ALL HOPE”.

 

I take heart in the words of Abraham, for even though he faced hopeless odds, he still trusted God. When there seemed like there was nothing left to hope for … He never lost his faith.

This morning I pray someone facing the hopelessness of life’s trials will realize that according to God’s plan … you are exactly where He wants you to be, and He knows exactly the situation you’re facing. I think God is saying this to you this morning … “Against hope, against impossible odds, even when it appears there is nothing left to hope for … I am with you; you can put your hope and trust in ME!”

Let’s close with God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 … “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!”

Lord, we lift up all who are facing circumstances that seem impossible, and we ask that You will fill them with Your grace. That You will bring the courage, strength, and hope they will need today and the days ahead.

You are our Anchor of Hope … we put our trust in You!

jw

(Please enjoy this music video, "Yet Not I But Through Christ Who Lives In Me" by City Alight)