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.)

July 19, 2021

“It is His battle … not ours. And He will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47

These were the words of David as he faced the Philistine army and the giant Goliath. Here was a young boy standing alone to face a giant, while the soldiers of King Saul and Israel cowered in fear. Goliath stood confident and threatening as he jeered the young boy standing before him. Goliath had the human advantage, failing to realize he in fact that he just wasn’t fighting David … he was fighting God. Most of the onlookers saw only a giant, David saw a mortal man defying God. He knew he would not be alone in facing Goliath, he knew God was with him.

I was thinking about the problems and difficulties many of my friends are facing this morning, and in many cases the giants they are facing. My friend Charlie is facing back surgery this week. That is the giant Charlie is facing. My friend Sodie continues to fight her battle with cancer … that is her giant. Each of us at one time or another will face our giants. Maybe you are facing yours this morning.

David’s perspective was that he looked at his situation from God’s point of view. He knew without a doubt that God was with him and would see him through. When you view impossible situations, knowing God’s presence helps us put giant problems in perspective, we can fight these giants more effectively.

For all who are facing their giants this morning, here are words of encouragement, strength, and determination from the promises of God … verse 8 of Psalm 16 … “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”

Father, be with all who are struggling with their giants this morning. Help them experience Your presence and Your strength.

Your Anchor will hold … even when you are facing your giants! jw

(Please enjoy this music video, "Battle Belongs" by Phil Wickham)