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These are troubling and stormy times. The states are not united. The stock market is like a yo-yo. The world is flowing away from God. In these stormy times, we can be thankful we have an anchor of hope in an unchangeable and unwavering Lord. An anchor is an iron weight to hold the ship at rest in troubled waters. When the anchor is dropped it remains attached to the ship, and the ship becomes anchored beneath the waters. Once as I was fishing from a small boat in a favorite fishing spot, I dropped the anchor. Then as others laughed, we watched the unattached anchor and rope sink in the depth of the lake. I learned that an unattached anchor is useless. In the navy I learned that the waves topside may be raging, but deep beneath where the anchor holds, it is serene and calm. Are you facing storms in your life? First, be sure your anchor is attached to the One who is unmovable and unyielding. The anchor holds because all is calm and serene where it is anchored. It will hold!

As Ruth C. Jones wrote, “In times like these, you need a Savior, In times like these, you need an anchor; Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One. This Rock is Jesus, The only One. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds, And grips the Solid Rock.”

As long as we have hope we can cope. During the storms of life we need an anchor of the soul that will hold and give hope, until the storm passes over. During a raging storm at sea, the sailor noticed that a little girl remained calm and peaceful. He said, “Aren’t you afraid of the storm?” She smiled, “No, because my father is the captain and he has safely sailed through storms much worse than this one.” I have learned that the Lord may not still your storm, but He can still you in the storm. The ship may be battered, and tossed in the raging storm, but the anchor is both sure and stedfast. The Anchor holds. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast” (Hebrews 6:19). Praise God! The Anchor holds!

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