This morning, in my time with God, I saw a picture of a boat that was anchored near the shore. This mental image brought with it a reminder of our relationship with God. When you try to anchor your boat, the terrain of the sea truly matters. If all that is below you is sand or mud, then your boat will not stay there, as the current will continue to have its way with you. But if you can find a rock to anchor to, your boat is going to be there until you decide to leave.
Hebrew 6:19 says, “We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”
So why do we set anchors near shore? Because we intend on getting out of the boat.
Setting the anchor is critical in order to enjoy what is outside of the boat. Whether you are planning to go ashore, or like me you absolutely love to dive, you cannot get out of the boat until you are anchored.
God is calling all of us into deeper waters, to get out of the boat and experience life (the ocean) with Him. Most people seem to only stay in the shallows, where it is safer. But God wants us to go to great depths with Him. I once read, “The anchor of our soul beckons us into the deep where God’s sovereign hand guides us into the unknown.” God isn’t calling you into the deep, sometimes scary waters, to leave you there. He wants to guide you, to hold your hand and lead you. To show you the many wonders that are found there. He is calling you into the unknown, to be with you through it all, so that you will see His character: Compassionate, Gentle, Merciful… He is proud of you. Allowing Him to take you deeper and deeper reveals these things. It is in the deep that we encounter a wonderful intimacy with God, as we get to see Him clearly as He guides us and leads us through scary and uncomfortable times.
But without HOPE in HIM, you cannot even get out of your boat. He is the Rock. Hope is the Anchor. Set your Hope in Him, and be anchored in…
Are you anchored?
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