An anchor is a heavy object attached to a rope or chain and used to secure a ship to the sea bottom. In Scripture, the term anchor is used metaphorically to represent God and faith - that which keeps us steadfast and gives us hope during the trials and storms of life. (Proverbs 10:25- Disaster strikes like a cyclone and the wicked are whirled away. But the good man has a strong anchor.) As you grow in Christ you will go through tribulations, but the beauty in it all is knowing that God is our anchor. (Isaiah 41:10- Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.)
1. Do you remember the first trial you experienced as a Christian? What was it like? What did it teach you?
They were thrown in jail and an angel came to their rescue.( Hebrews 1:14- No, for the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive His salvation.) They already knew that God was their anchor. They weren’t worried about what the High Priest would do to them, they said they had to obey God rather than men. One of my favorite scriptures is (Galatians 1:10- You can see that I am not trying to please you by sweet talk and flattery; no, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please men I could not be Christ’s servant.)
Jesus didn’t just rescue the disciples when they were terrified of what was going on around them, first He reassured them not to be afraid. God is so good that even when we’re going through something we can have a stranger say “everything will be alright” or look through the Bible and the exact verse we need show up or get a phone call from someone we haven’t heard from in a while asking if we’re okay. Sometimes we just need someone to say or do something to remove the doubts and fears from us.
1 Kings 17
(Hebrews 6:19- This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God Himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven,) God is our anchor and He reassures us that we will be fine and our salvation reassures us that what we face down here can’t compare to what we’ll experience in heaven. (Psalm 30:5- His anger lasts a moment; His favor lasts for life! Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy.)
2. What does that verse mean to you?
I have a closed group on Facebook for God Is Tryna Tell You Something that is a safe community where people get advice and just talk about their Christian walk. I like to make sure I interact with them a couple times out of the week and I asked them what Psalm 30:5 means to them. The answer I liked the most was “In elementary school, they taught us to pay attention to semicolons, periods, etc. Look at the comma after night. Notice that it's not a period. What I'm weeping about isn't going to end how it's looking currently. The comma means there's another piece we have not read yet. Joy will be the finisher. Joy that lasts. Joy that resonates with our inner man. Unspeakable joy.” I loved his answer, that’s so true sometimes it feels like what you’re going through will last forever, but soon there will be joy. For the joy of the Lord is your strength. You must not be dejected and sad! (Nehemiah 8:10)
3. Check out the video below. What did you think about that? What stood out to you?
This is just a reminder to keep on trusting the Lord because hope anchors the soul and we are anchored in the Lord.
4. What did you get out of today’s lesson?