Bible Verse of the Day

James 1:2-3
“[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

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AYP July 2014

Grace, mercy and peace, from Christ our Lord be with you all. Amen.

Sailing in the Ocean during the summer is a sailor’s paradise; but those beautiful waters can be very dangerous. When I worked on the Ocean I learned that inexperienced boaters can unwittingly be ensnared on the bottom. Here’s how they get trapped: At evening, novices sail their boats into what looks like a picturesque bay at high tide. They anchor and as night falls, go to sleep. Since northern latitude tides can range up to 16 feet, they wake up to a shocking reality. Their boat is sitting on the rocky bottom tilted at an odd angle with the ocean far from their craft.

Learning to navigate dangerous waters is a picture of reality. Life at its most beautiful place is only a few steps from a risky trial. Apostle Peter writes, “Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though some strange thing is happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12.

If we know that trials are coming, what keeps us filled with hope? There’s another secret of boating in dangerous waters that illustrates what I think is a picture of our hope in Christ. It’s called “double anchoring.” When the captain expects a fast running tide or strongly adverse winds he can order the crew to double anchor. The procedure goes like this: One line goes from the bow (front) to an anchor set securely on the bottom. The second line goes from the stern (back) and is set on the bottom as well in the opposite direction. By double anchoring the boat the vessel is held secure and does not move. The dou-ble anchor is a picture of how we tie our lives to keep them from breaking free during the storms that come.

Looking back in time is the historical event of the cross. That is our first place to anchor our lives. There we can see Christ who died to save us from the dangers of our sins. But wait, there’s more! Our second spiritual anchor looks ahead to another great event to come on God’s calendar…Christ’s Second Coming. This is the event to top all coming events. When Jesus comes again we will be taken up into the clouds and reunited with Jesus and those believers who have gone before us. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

With two spiritual anchors securely in place you can weather any storm of this life and find your way to the safe harbor of heaven. Check your ropes and double anchor!

Peace, Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 19:13