Recently, I sat with a dear friend in the middle of a tremendously difficult trial. Facing deep hurt and loss, she said something that literally sent chills from the top of my head to the tip of my toes.
“I was born in the desert, I have lived in the desert, I might die in the desert. But I will still praise Your name.”
It was one of those moments where I could feel God’s presence. I saw Jesus in this precious friend in a very real way. Under the circumstances, there was no way that she could humanly say these words. Her response to this incredibly dark time in her life was one of peace, hope, and worship. Her life has been built on a firm foundation, her soul anchored deep in Christ Jesus.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall. Matthew 7:24-27
When facing a trial, when dealing with the hardships of living in a fallen, broken world, one of the most difficult things as a believer can be to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not the wind and the waves. So, how do we stand firm when all around us seems to be falling apart?
There WILL be moments in our lives when the rains beat down, the floods rise, and the vicious winds of life begin slamming into us. And it’s in these moments that we get to ask ourselves the question – on what has my life been founded? And what is the anchor of my soul?
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast . . . Hebrews 6:17-19
Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, God made a covenant with Abraham. A promise that He would make Him a great nation, that He would bless him, and make his name great (Genesis 12:1-3). This covenant was one that could not be broken and provided an assurance for Abraham that God would do that which He promised. This promise provided an anchor for Abraham’s soul that would carry him through years of great trial, disappointment, not understanding, being instructed to do the impossible.
In the same way, God has provided for us an anchor for our souls. A promise. One that can never be taken away. One that can never fade. A cornerstone that is sure and steadfast.
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were formerly far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ … So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:13, 20
Our souls are secure in Christ Jesus. He is our firm foundation, our solid rock, our cornerstone. If we attempt to make anything else our anchor, our foundation, when the storms of life come (and they will!) we will be tossed to and fro.
Ask yourself this question: On what have I built my life? What am I looking to in an attempt to feel safe and secure?
- my talents and giftings
- the hope of a better future
When the circumstances of life are overwhelming and the storms of life come, our only hope for security is found in Christ. He alone is unchangeable (Hebrews 13:8), His feelings for are steadfast (Psalm 100:5), He has saved us (2 Tim 1:9), and He has brought us near to Him where we can find mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
My prayer for each one of us today is that we will be so rooted and grounded in the truth of who God is, what He has done, what He has said, and how He provides, that when the storms of life do come, we will find that our lives are built on the Rock.
Anchored in Christ,