Who Or What Is Your Anchor?

Earlier today as I was listening to the news which was by no means very good, an old hymn I grew up with flashed through my mind. The hymn is entitled I've Anchored In Jesus It was written by Lewis E. Jones in 1901.

I've Anchored In Jesus Words & Music: Lewis E. Jones, 1901

Upon life's boundless ocean where mighty billows roll,
I've fixed my hope in Jesus, blest anchor of my soul;
When trials fierce assail me as storms are gathering o'er,
I rest upon His mercy and trust Him more.

I've anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I'll brave,
I've anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave.
I've anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save,
I've anchored to the Rock of Ages.

He keeps my soul from evil and gives me bless├Ęd peace,
His voice hath stilled the waters and bid their tumult cease;
My Pilot and Deliverer, to Him I all confide,
For always when I need Him, He's at my side.

I've anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I'll brave,
I've anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave.
I've anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save,
I've anchored to the Rock of Ages.

He is my Friend and Savior, in Him my anchor's cast,
He drives away my sorrows and shields me from the blast;
By faith I'm looking upward beyond life's troubled sea,
There I behold a haven prepared for me.

I've anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I'll brave,
I've anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave.
I've anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save,
I've anchored to the Rock of Ages.

We have never had the promise of tomorrow in this world. However, we usually act as if things will go on the same old way forever. It is very easy to forget that life can change dramatically and permanently in one brief moment. Some of us have discovered this truth the hard way. Even then, it is much easier to push that thought aside and plunge into the business of trying to eat, drink and make merry without giving a thought as to what tomorrow will bring.

I heard someone say that the federal government told Wall Street that the party was over. Many of us are facing terrible uncertainties. Last night, I heard that Sun Country Airlines has just cut their employees pay by 50% until the end of the year. It's either that or nothing. They claim they will pay everyone back after the first of the year with interest but who can really predict exactly what will happen. I tried to imagine what it would be like to have my salary cut in half and shuddered. It would be very, very hard.

When the music stops and the lights go out, you find out who or what your anchor is. Many people are anchored in their finances. Far too many have learned the bitter lesson that money can disappear in an instant. Some people are anchored in their job. That's their most important priority. Their job defines who they are. Other people are anchored in their family or in their spouse. While those things are important, they're not enough to see you through the storms of life and they also can disappear in a moment. Some people place their confidence in their own bodies. Unfortunately your body deteriorates and grows old no matter how well you take care of it. Eventually, your own body will betray you.

I don't want to be anchored in the temporary things of this world. I want to be anchored in Jesus! I want to place all of my confidence and trust in him alone! When we are anchored in Jesus the problems of Wall Street, real estate, our employers or the overall economy will not destroy us! When we are anchored in Jesus problems in our relationships will not overwhelm us! When we are anchored in Jesus illness and pain will not conquer us! When we are anchored in Jesus we are not victims of our circumstances, we are victors over our circumstances!

Who or what is your anchor?

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, Hebrews 6:19a

K :princess:

Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

God says that we don't have to fear the storms or floods if we are wise and hear the word of God and put it to practice. But no amount of hym singing can help you if you hear the word and forget it. Matthew. And great was the ruin to that house....Jesus said. May God keep you safe. Amen.

Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

K, you have blessed me tremendously this morning with your blog. I have never heard this hymn before, but I have copied it to print out and keep nearby. I surprised myself at how anxious I've been over the whole bailout thing, not to mention there's no gas in Atlanta and hasn't been for two weeks. In these tenuous times, I don't want my hubby to not be able to show up at work!

Thanks for the timely reminder.

:heart: Gracie