This raging storm crashes against us and attempts to drive us into the jagged rocks of despair at breakneck speeds. For many of you, 2015 has been a year of desperation. You find yourself doing all you can to stay afloat. As you look to 2016, you are not sure if you have the energy to do it again.
So what is the answer?
Hebrews 6:19-20 – “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
The purpose of a sea anchor is to provide stability in the midst of a heavy storm. “When attached to the stern of a vessel, a sea anchor can prevent the vessel from turning broadside to the waves and being overwhelmed by them” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_anchor).
For those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, our hope in Him becomes our anchor. As we find ourselves in the midst of such pain, it is the promises of God that keeps us from being overwhelmed by this World. For we know that through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we will be pulled through the storms of this life and live forever in the Kingdom of God.
In Revelation 21:1 this Kingdom is described this way…”Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”
Someday, there will be no sea to toss us to and fro, but until then we must endure. The way we endure is to hold fast to the promises of Christ. Without Christ, there is no hope, without Christ, all we have is despair, without Christ we are destined to be overwhelmed by the waves of sin and driven into the rocks of despair, without Christ we are destined to perish.
If you are weary of fighting against the waves, turn to Christ in 2016 and let your soul find rest in Him. He is your only hope. He is the anchor for your soul, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20).