April 15 Devotional

I can remember fishing on the Connecticut River just below a dam with my dad and some friends who lived in Connecticut.  It was something very different than anything I had ever done in my life before.  I can remember them driving the boat directly toward the dam, getting as close to the dam as possible to get in the “prime spot,” and dropping anchor.  When then sat there for hours casting our line toward the dam to catch a fish called a shad.  We caught a bunch of this large fish that morning.  I remember it because I never have caught so many fish in my life!  I also remember it because the fish were big and it was exciting to see them on the end of your line.  There was something that I did not give much thought to as a boy, but that was very important to our success on that day.  If our anchor did not hold us in that “prime spot,” we would not have enjoyed the success we had.

 

As a Christian, there is certainly a strong current from this world that will push against us.  These people (representing the current) are interested in moving us off our position of trust in the Word of God and in the God of the Word.  It is important that we realize that we need an anchor firmly set in the strength and power of our God.  We cannot withstand the attacks from the enemy without Him!  The psalmist wrote, “Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD.  Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications” (Psalm 130:1-2).

 

There is a God in Heaven.  That God is interested in helping His children endure the tests that life brings our way.  It is important that we surrender to Him each and every day.  It is important today to cry to the One Who can help you in the situations you are facing right now.  There is a God Who can lift you out of the miry clay you find yourself in.  He is waiting for your call today.  He can hear your voice … have you called?  His ear is turned toward you … have you asked for His help?  He is not sleeping, but is fully aware of the challenges you are facing.  As a matter of fact, God has allowed the very storm you find yourself in.  He has a plan to use that storm to draw you to Him.  Is your anchor firmly attached to Him?  If you are trusting in your finances as your anchor, you are, or will be in trouble.  If you are depending on friends/family/church/health/success … all these will miserably fail you in the middle of the storm.  God and His Word will never fail you.  Trust Him today.  Cry out to Him … He is listening!

 

In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” – Unknown