Links on your Anchor chain
Do you trust God?
I’m not asking you a theological question here… I’m not asking “Is God trustworthy.” I’m asking you a personal question “Do you trust God?”
Scripture tells us that God is bending over backwards to assure us of His reliability. — No, really… Let’s look more closely at one of the passages pastor Andrew shared with us last Sunday…
Speaking of God’s plan to bring salvation to humanity through Abraham, the Jewish peoples, and ultimately in Christ the author writes, “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath:” (Heb. 6:17 – KJV)
That word “confirmed” in the original has the meaning of “to act as a mediator between litigating or covenanting parties” or “to accomplish something by interposing between two parties. It means to mediate, to act as a sponsor or surety. I rather like how the New English Translation puts it: “He intervened with an oath.”
In fact, when we read a couple of verses later that “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” (v. 19) that word “anchor” really means something “crooked” a thing that folds back toward itself. Like the crook of an arm as it extends out from the torso… you know, anchor-shaped.
God is bending back upon Himself. He is by nature immutable, unchanging, and if that is not enough He further swears by the Highest authority there is – Himself — that what He says is True and Reliable.
But now the question is to you: “Do you trust God?”
I found it interesting to learn that what primarily holds an anchored ship in place is not only the grip or weight of the anchor but also the weight and friction of the chain length on the sea bed. (The anchor chain of the Titanic measured some 1,200 feet.)
Taken as a further analogy the links of the chain could represent the days of the believer’s life. As time goes on a Christian accumulates more and more experiences of Christ’s faithfulness, His interventions, peace and Presence, comfort and insight. Each of these adds a link to one’s personal life chain of trust experiences with God. By them God demonstrates of Himself what is also true of us that “He who is faithful in what is least” can be trusted to be “faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).
The longer your chain, the more secure is your anchor. Trust God — add a few links to your anchor chain today.
“I have never known a man who received Christ and ever regretted it.” – Billy Graham.