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.)

August 16, 2022

“Peace in the midst of your circumstances …”

Paster Brad Rutherford

 

These few words mentioned in a recent service by our Pastor took on a real meaning these past few days. Those who regularly read my “Anchor Holds” might be wondering why I have missed writing.


These past couple of weeks have been difficult to say the least. Last Wednesday, what was a suspected visit to the ER for a heart attack turned out to be something quite different.

 

God has a plan carefully orchestrated for each of our lives, a perfect plan, and His plan for me was to discover that I was suffering from internal bleeding which led to other serious issues.   I came home Sunday afternoon and I am doing much better and God has me on the road to recovery.


As I lay in my hospital bed I certainly was seeking “peace in the midst of my circumstances”, and of course by God’s goodness and grace I was able to find it. But I thought about those who do not know Him as Lord and do not have hope in His healing power, and the assurance that a relationship with Him brings, the assurance that He is always with me and will never leave me.


What is there besides faith in your Creator to go to, where else can one find “peace in the midst of your Circumstances”? How can anyone face dire circumstances on their own? You can’t rely on your own strength. Worldly things can’t offer us peace.


I pray that someone who is facing difficult circumstances, no matter what they might be, will hear my words and realize there is a source of power and strength that is available to them. It only takes a simple prayer … Lord, I can’t make it on my own. I need you. Come into my life and bring me the peace that only faith and hope in You can bring.
 

“FOR I AM THE LORD, YOUR GOD, WHO TAKES HOLD OF YOUR RIGHT HAND AND SAYS TO YOU … DO NOT FEAR … I WILL HELP YOU!” Isaiah 41:13

Your Anchor will hold … in spite of the storms!
jw

(Please enjoy this music video, "Eye of the Storm" by Ryan Stevenson)