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“For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the Forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 6:16-20 KJV).


            In 1874 Priscilla J. Owens wrote the words to the hymn “Will Your Anchor Hold.” The song describes life as a series of storms, trials and troubles, which rage against the soul of man. However with the anchor properly moored it will hold and keep man safe from all harm. Priscilla wrote, “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, Will your anchor drift or firm remain?” 


            God tells us in the inspired writings that He will be with us throughout life and eternity if we will only hold fast in our faith. The psalmist wrote, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). When Paul was caught in a great storm and the ship was about to be destroyed God encouraged Paul by sending His angel with a message and assurance of safety. We are told, “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” (Acts 27:23-24). As the ship was approaching the shore and came near some rocks in the sea they cast out four anchors in the hope that these would hold and prevent the loss of the ship (Acts 27:29). Some wanted to flee from the ship but Paul told them that they had to stay aboard if they were to be saved. The soldiers cut the ropes of the lifeboat and it fell off. When day came a small creek was seen and they headed the ship toward it. The ship ran aground and was destroyed, however, just as God had promised, not one life was lost (Acts 27:30-44).


            Priscilla wrote, “We have an anchor that keeps the soul, Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fas-tened to the rock which can not move, Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.” Every Christian learns to look forward to the time when the Lord comes to take them to that heavenly shore. Priscilla stated, “When our eyes behold thro’ the gathering night The city of gold, our harbor bright, We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore, With the storms all passed for-ev-er more.” Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (II Peter 3:10-14).


            The psalmist told Israel “If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth” (Psalm 124:1-6). Judah and Jerusalem were told, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you” (II Chronicles 20:17).


            Have you anchored your soul with the Lord? Is the Lord on your side? When the Day of the Lord comes will you hear Him say, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:34)?


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