Faith Filled Friday: THE FOUR ANCHORS
I borrowed most of this from a newsletter I got in Bible Study this morning. The family unexpectedly lost their 30 year old daughter from a blood clot. ~ Connie
Consider Acts 27:1-29 which describes the violent storm at sea.
Paul launched from Adramyttium with some other prisoners; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica; and a centurion of Augustus’ band. They planned to sail by the coasts of Asia to Italy.
The next day they made port at Sidon. Julius, one of the prisoners, politely asked Paul if he could go with them to refresh himself. After that stop they continued on finally reaching Myra, a city of Lycia. The centurion found a ship that was going to Italy and they boarded it.
For the next few days they sailed very slowly under an uncooperative wind. Paul warned them that this was not a good time to continue. The south wind blew softly and they sailed on, sticking close to the island of Crete. Before long there arose a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon (a half Greek, half Latin word, meaning “east-north” and standing for a treacherous E-NE wind). They worked hard to keep the boat under control. The next day they lightened the ship.
The storm continued. The third day they cast out the tackling. The stars and sun were hidden for days.
After Paul admonished them for not taking his advice, he continued, “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, ‘Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar; and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.’
“Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.”
They traveled through the storm for fourteen days, fasting the entire time. Paul finally told them to eat and he said grace.
They came upon a country, but did not know where they were. They sounded and found it twenty fathoms. Next try, fifteen fathoms. They decided to cast out the four anchors from the stern to prevent crashing against rocks. The shipmen were about the flee the ship, figuring they’d be better off away from the passengers.
Paul knew what they were up to and told them that they had to stay with the ship or they would not be saved.
1. The Anchor of God’s Presence
It’s terrible to be in a storm, even worse when you lose your bearings and have no clue where you are. It’s tragic to suffer the loss of a loved one. God promises that He will be with you – ALWAYS! You were not alone yesterday. You are not alone today. With God in your heart, you will never be alone. God loves you and nothing can separate you from the love of God.
His presence also reveals His grace and protection. Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.
2. The Anchor of God’s Purpose
Paul told them they were all going to make it Rome because God promised they would.
God has a purpose for each of us. He knows what he’s doing even if we don’t.
Something good will come out of our trials. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
3. The Anchor of God’s Provisions
God will meet all your needs (which is not necessarily the same as your wants)
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God will provide comfort in time of sorry.
4. The Anchor of God’s People
Apart from the presence of God, the safest place to be in a storm is the anchor of God’s people.
Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Thank God for the people of God!
They are the:
ARMS of Jesus to give a hug
HANDS of Jesus to give help
HEART of Jesus for love, compassion, sympathy
LIPS of Jesus to offer words of hope and encouragement
EARS of Jesus to listen to your hurt, pain, grief…and more
Remember the words of this song:
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, that’s where God proved His love to me…
The anchor holds though the ship is battered
The anchor holds though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees as I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds in spite of the storm.