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.)

June 29, 2020

“I press on … that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

Philippians 3:12 

 

Many of you know that I have always had a passion for playing golf. God has blessed me with many opportunities to play and I am appreciative of His blessings. I always say that if God never allowed me to play another round … I would not feel cheated, for He has given me many chances to do what I have always enjoyed.

 

One of the most important parts of playing golf is having a good grip. Gripping the club properly makes for a successful swing, and your grip can determine how well you play the game.

 

There is another grip I want us to think about this morning … THE GRIP OF GOD. Living in the grip of God's love and grace.

 

God desires to get His grip on everyone as He did with me on a warm Sunday morning in September of 1976. I can attest for the fact that living outside of God's grip will never allow you to enjoy the fulfillment that living in His grip brings.

 

Jesus said this in John 10:28 … “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish … no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

 

There is no grip stronger than the grip of God.

God's grip is stronger than cancer or other serious health issues you are facing this morning. God's grip is stronger than the financial difficulty or the lack of employment that has entered your life. God's grip is stronger than the marriage problem and even the problem child. God's grip is stronger than the habit you are facing. God's grip is stronger than fear … anxiety … hopelessness … loneliness … low self-esteem. There is nothing that can happen in our lives that can steal us away from God's grip.

 

The Bible tells us that the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. He wants nothing more than to destroy us and rip us from God's hand. Jesus however ensures us that it will never happen. “My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all … no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.”

 

Paul in 2 Timothy 1:12 gives us a closing thought. “I know the One in whom I have put my trust. I am sure He is able to keep safe that which I have trusted to Him … until the day He comes again.”

 

Lord, we place ourselves firmly in Your grip, hold us and protect us from the evil one.

 

Your Anchor will hold … in spite of your storms.

jw

(Please enjoy this music video, "There Will Be a Day" by Jeremy Camp)

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