Characteristics of Misplaced Hope
Anchors come in all shapes, sizes, and weights. They are used to stabilize different objects in the water. A small anchor, if used correctly, can stabilize a large ship. An example of this is a 45-pound anchor can stabilize a 4,000-pound ship [Solarnavigator, “Anchor History and Development,” Solarnavigator, 2005, http://www.solarnativator.net/anchors.htm.] The choice of the anchor is based upon the size and weight of the ship. Weather and water bottom must also be considered. A ship will set sail with various anchors on board. Some have referred to different anchors in the following categories: lunch, working and storm.
- The lunch anchor is dropped into the water of a bay to keep the ship in place for a short period.
- The working anchor is the ship’s main anchor.
- The storm anchors (both bow and stern) are put out when the ship encounters a severe storm. [David Brown, “All About Anchors: A Complete Guide to Anchor Gear Selection,” Boats.com, 1996, http://www.boats.com/boat– articles/Anchoring+Equipment-100/All+About+Anchors/2179.html.
The storm anchor is needed in all our lives. At different times, we will be going through a storm or coming out of one. When your life is anchored in Jesus Christ–the storm will not destroy you. You will be stabilized by the Lord until the storm passes by. Note Proverbs 10:25.
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.”
What are Inner Feelings of Hopelessness?
Were you ever looking for your own safe harbor, and felt hopeless? The purpose of an anchor is constructed to stabilize a vessel. It does this in order to keep it from drifting into other vessels in a harbor. Its other purpose is to keep the boat from capsizing the rough waters.
If our spiritual lives have drifted off course, this is how we feel. We may feel emotionally overwhelmed. We must be anchored in the promises of Christ. (We must read about these promises in order to be anchored in them.) If we are not anchored in Jesus and His promises, we will sink into a sea of hopelessness. What is our commitment in this?
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23.
Do You Feel…?
- Deceived? Duped by someone you trusted
- Disliked? Deeming yourself unwanted by others?
- Dejected? Dull, flat, and emotionally stuck
- Deadened? Dry, numb, and lifeless
- Downcast? Downhearted, assuming life will never change
- Deprived? Discriminated against with no chance to succeed
- Disqualified? Discounting that you have value
- Degraded? Demeaned and belittled by others
- Detached? Discarded by God and separated from others
- Doomed? Damned or trapped with no way out
Have you ever thought the following: “So many significant people have let me down. How can I live my life with any hope at all?
The Answer: People will fail people. This is even more reason you should place your hope in God. He will never fail you. He is your unshakable rock and refuge.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress,
I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor
depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”
Meditate on this verse for a few minutes. This is your promise and your hope.