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.)
April 04, 2020
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love … it’s the only thing that’s there just too little of …”
A song from 1965 … I don’t know why the Lord brought this song to my mind. Then, as I think about our world this morning, especially this country we so proudly call America, I think I understand the message God is wanting us to hear.
The first verse of this song goes like this … “Lord, we don’t need another mountain … There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb. There are oceans and rivers enough to cross, enough to last until the end of time.”
One of our basic needs, yours and mine, is to be loved. What some don’t realize is that love is found in the God who created us. “For God so loved the world … that He gave us His only Son …”
What is so extraordinary is that God loves us, even when many don’t love Him. He loves us no matter what …
The world needs only to look at the cross to behold how much God loves all of us. He sent His Son to die on that cross so that we could experience His love, a bridge across the gulf of sin that separated us from Him.
It’s easy for us to love those who share our values, those who agree with our thinking. That’s true whether you’re a Christian or not. But that’s not how God loves.
It is for all mankind to experience God’s love. This is what we need to pray for. That at a difficult time like this, God’s Holy Spirit will pass among us, that we will be touched by God’s love. That God the Father is for us, God’s Son is for us, and God’s Holy Spirit is for us … and that nothing can separate us from His love.
Last few words of the above song’s chorus … “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some, but just for every, everyone.”
Your Anchor will hold … in spite of the storms
(Please enjoy this music video "Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)" by Citizen Way)