Hi, David here.
When the storms of life cause you to lose faith, don’t forget who is in your boat.
Have a read of Hebrews 6:13-20
This week I read a great article from In Touch magazine on hope as the anchor of the soul. Here’s a section of it.
Many people in the world, maybe even you, are facing terrible storms in their lives: broken homes, joblessness, loneliness, loss, world crises. These things slash at the very fabric of our hope in Jesus. It may even seem as though we are lost, adrift at sea in a small boat during a hurricane. How on earth will we be able to reach the shore safely?
The disciples faced this fear as well. While they were crossing a lake in their small ship, the weather took a frightening turn for the worse, endangering the vessel and, the men assumed, their very lives. In desperation, they went to Jesus for help, but were surprised to find Him asleep. They cried out
Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! – Matthew 8:25
When Jesus awoke, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. Then He proceeded to calm the storm. Through this dramatic demonstration of His power, He showed Himself to be Lord over all creation. It was also a clear lesson about where we are to turn when storms arise in our lives.
Sometimes people think their challenging circumstances mean that God isn’t paying attention. That’s what the disciples thought—until Christ rose to calm the turbulent waters. Nothing is beyond the control of our sovereign Lord.
Anchor me, anchor me As the compass turns And the glass it falls Where the storm clouds roll And the gulls they call
Anchor me, anchor me, anchor me, anchor me In the middle of your deep blue sea Anchor me, anchor me ~ Anchor Me by the Mutton Birds (click to listen)
When the world—or even just our own personal “world”—seems out of control, Jesus is still Lord of all. So what should you do when you think He is sleeping? The answer is simple: Thank God that He is in the boat with you. And then look at your situation through eyes of hope and trust.
So this week, may you come to know and understand more deeply the hope that anchors you. May this hope centre you and surround you. May you walk in this hope, knowing that it goes before you, behind you, is above and beneath you. May you come to know that the hope is closer to you than breathing, and is the very air that you breathe.
Anchor of the Soul
Through the storms
In my cup of tea
On the truth
That sets me free
Anchor me, anchor me