How Firm Is Your Anchor? by Terry J. Hallock

How Firm Is Your Anchor?
T. J. Hallock
Hebrew 6:13-20
August 4, 2002

In his song "The Anchor Holds" Ray Boltz gives this testimony.

"I have journeyed through the long dark night out on the open seas.

By faith alone, sight unknown, and yet His eyes were watching me.

The anchor holds though the ship is battered.

The anchor holds though the sails are torn.

I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas.

The anchor holds in spite of the storms.

I've had visions. I've had dreams. I've even held them in my hand.

But I never knew they would slip right through like they were only grains of sand.

I have been young but I'm older now and there has been beauty these eyes have seen.

But it was in the night, through the storms of my life, Oh that's where God proved His love for me.

The anchor holds through the ship is battered.

The anchor holds though the sails are torn.

I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas.

The anchor holds in spite of the storms."

Ray Boltz testifies that no matter how battered his ship of life may be a power is always present keeping him anchored and secure. How firm is your anchor? When the storms of trouble rise and beat upon your ship of life can you sing "The anchor holds"?

These are uncertain times. The stock market rises and falls like a roller coaster. Pictures of corporate executives being led off in hand cuffs are splashed across our television screens. Violence and death continue to rage in Israel and Palestine. The war on terrorism proceeds as unseen enemies plot against our nation. Reports of children being abducted, sometimes from their very beds, seem to be a daily occurrence. How firm is your anchor?

In these uncertain and perilous times some feel their lives are without an anchor that holds in spite of the storms. They may have placed implicit trust in their IRA or 401K, in financial counselors and in the companies whose stocks they purchased. Yet that anchor didn't hold. Many who believed their future could be anchored on Wall Street now find themselves adrift in a sea of financial loss. How firm is your anchor?

There are those who dropped their anchor or hope in the harbor of their employer, believing that their job was secure and their company sound. Now some of those folks are facing unemployment as their employer's fortunes have turned sour or simply moved south of the border. How firm is your anchor?

We believed we could anchor our hope in the harbor of America's invulnerability. Yet the awful winds of terror that blew upon this nation September 11, 2001 ripped many anchors from their moorings. How firm is your anchor?

Today your life may be hammered by the winds of deep hurt. You anchored your life in the integrity and faithfulness of another human heart only to see that relationship ripped from its foundation and your trust shattered on the shoals of betrayal. You don't know if there is anyone you can ever trust with your hear ...


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