Anchor Up!

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Imagine: you are on a boat, floating from one direction to another, alone in the middle of the ocean. You look out and see others floating in the distance. Some are far; others are close. Maybe it’s your mother, sister, or friend. It could possibly be a colleague, partner, or former lover. You yell to them when your boat starts sinking. First it tips to the left. Then it tips to the right. The lower you sink, the louder you yell for help. You wave your hands and send flairs. Only a few people hear you, but no one will be able to reach you fast enough. Your resources are limited; your hope is waning. Your vessel is sinking lower and lower. What do you do when you’re stranded?

The spectrum of most human experiences ranges from the miraculous to the mundane. Occasionally, we all endure a situation that is torrential. It threatens to throw our journey off course. It is in those times of turmoil, and possibly when we’re the most complacent, that we feel especially vulnerable to losing our faith. Rest assured that the best way to stay the tide is to ANCHOR UP. God has blessings stored for us in heaven. In his letter to the burgeoning church of Ephesus, Paul writes, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). He confirms that believers in Christ are chosen to receive God’s grace, mercy and blessings.

Throughout the bible, many of God’s servants look high unto the Lord to find the solution to the world’s problems. When Moses was leading the disgruntled Israelites to the promised land, God called him to the mountain in Sinai. There God delivered the Ten Commandments, the laws for his people to live by. For generations, the lowly have looked high to derive their strength and power. David, a prominent warrior and king, wrote: “I sought the lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant their faces are never covered in shame” (Psalm 34:4-5). David felt triumphant, as he had escaped both King Saul and the perceived fear of Achish, king of Gath, by pretending to be crazy. Even King Nebuchadnezzar, a great king of Babylon, was forced to adopt the God of Judah. One night he had a terrible nightmare. He called on many priests to interpret his terrible vision. And only Daniel, his captive, could interpret a meaning according to the Most High. After enduring his fate to be driven away from his people and forced to graze the earth like cattle, the bible records: “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.” He prayed, “His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:34). Jesus, himself, went up onto the mountain of Capernum to give his first sermon. There he explained the traits of true followers of God, explaining the beattitudes and telling many parables to expound on his message. He begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). We must be humble so that the Lord may fill us with his heavenly spirit and provide us with the strength to endure all trials and tribulations that rock our boat.

Sinking into fluid terrain is a symptom of conforming to the world. Most people spend very little time thinking about another, so earthly connections to human beings may only help you for a specific reason in a specific season. By relying on other people, you will inevitably experience times of loneliness or vulnerability. Find your solace and peace in the Lord. ANCHOR UP! The tumultuous ebb and flow of this lifetime only serves to build a bridge between you and the One source of truth and everlasting existence. When Jesus knew his time on this earth was coming to an end, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” (John 17:1). Like Jesus we must live according to God’s plan so that we may be lifted up. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” You will come to see that obedience to God’s will guarantees bountiful blessings beyond earthly measure. Always remember “The high is for the lowly!” (Lowly by Cece Winans).

Best  regards and many blessings to you and yours,

All Nations Baptist Church

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