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.)

May 26, 2022

“I can only imagine …"


It's a beautiful song by Mercy Me that I have attached to this Anchor below. As I think about the words of this song, it causes me to think … What will heaven be like?


Gone will be our earthly bodies as will the cancer that has plagued many of us. Gone too will be the pain, the physical handicaps, as will be every type of suffering. There won't be checkbooks, or bills to pay, or financial planning. Gone will be our past and all of the trials and suffering we experienced... replaced by our eternal future with Jesus Christ our King.


Time will not be measured by minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years … for we are there for eternity. Gone too will be death and the fear many have of it.


None of us know what it will be like to step from life into death, but we need not fear… we know the King, so there is no need to face death with dread. Will our loved ones be the first we see? Will we recognize who is there … and who isn't, and will we feel sadness for not seeing those we had hoped we'd see. Are the streets really paved with gold and what will our mansions be like? What do angels look like and will I meet the one who has guided me home to heaven?


Will I see John, Peter, Moses, David and Mary? What will it be like to see Jesus for the first time? As the song says … “Will I stand in His presence or to my knees will I fall?”


Today none of us who claim Jesus as Lord have any idea nor can we begin to imagine what the glory of God and His heavenly reward for us will be like. This morning, in sadness my thoughts turn to my friends and loved ones, those who continue to ignore Christ's invitation, and choose instead to live their lives without Him.


WHAT WILL HEAVEN BE LIKE … and WHAT ABOUT HELL … what will hell be like? Thank you, Jesus for the assurance we have that we will never experience the likes of it. What is hell like? … I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like.
Salvation! Heavenly Father we shout with joy, knowing that Your Son Jesus paid the full price for our admittance, dying on the cross for all mankind. We lift up those who don't know this feeling of joy and assurance and we pray today will be the day they experience it.
Your Anchor holds … in spite of your storms!


(Please enjoy this music video, "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe)