Unchanging Hope

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.: Ps 112:7

AnchorNo one knows for sure when ships were first used for transportation. The earliest evidence of sailing vessels dates from Egypt about the third millennium B.C. Since then, ships have changed considerably. Today’s passenger and cargo ships have no oars, sails, or masts. Modern vessels have all the conveniences of a great luxury hotel – gourmet cuisine, an array of entertainment, recreation, even swimming pools! One thing, however, has remained remarkably the same – the anchor. Except for the differing sizes, the anchor on Paul’s ship of the first century and the anchor on the Queen Elizabeth II of the 20th century are not much different. 

The same could be said of human life. Technology has brought staggering changes in virtually every arena of our lives. However, people are still people. We experience the same struggles, temptations, joys, hopes, and sorrows of our ancestors – and our souls still need an anchor.

When Paul and his companions were shipwrecked on the coast of Malta, they dropped four anchors, which kept the ship from being dashed against the rocks. The writer of Hebrews tells us we have an anchor that will keep our lives from shipwreck – our hope in Jesus Christ. Jesus keeps us safe and secure in the midst of storms and uncertainties. No matter what we face, because He is Lord of our lives, we have hope…hope for the future, hope to be healed, hope to succeed, hope to be free, hope to help others. 

Just as no experienced sailor would go out to sea without an anchor, we must never go anywhere without Jesus!


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