There are many things that a person can avoid and run away from, but a couple of things that will always be there no matter how much we want them to leave, are hard trials and sin. We will always end up in some sort of problem or difficult time. Then there’s the devil who wants to tempt you and make you disobey God by sinning.
In ships, almost always you can find something called an anchor. That is what they will use when it is either time to stop moving, or either the weather is unbearable and they need to keep steady before they get off track. Without this anchor, many ships would be destroyed in violent weather, and many ships would lose direction every single time they decide to set sail.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are excluded from problems. Honestly, I believe that is when problems seem to start. It’s just that a Christian and a nonbeliever is different, because we lean totally on God. A nonbeliever will turn to friends, family or their own resources. It is nothing wrong with that, but those sources aren’t guaranteed to always be able to help. Christians rely on God and no matter how hard the situation gets, you still have that peace because you know it’ll all work out for your good. There is not one problem that comes our way that God wasn’t aware of, or one He cannot handle.
Many different things come to knock us off course or try to make us move out of our place. However, the word of God will show us how to deal with any of those situations. For example:
• Low income or too many bills to handle:
– The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:10)
– But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
• Anxiety about different situations:
– Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
– Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Sickness or Disease:
– …..and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
– But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;…..(Malachi 4:2)
• Ungodly(carnal) friends:
– Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
– My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Proverbs 1:10)
– Stay away, (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Temptation seems unbearable or you keep falling into sin:
– No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
– The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
These are only a few examples of things that come to take us off track. There is only one person who can keep us steady in life, and that is Jesus Christ. Trials will come from now until the day we die, but with Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm.
How to get Jesus as your anchor:
• Consistent prayer
• Studying and applying the word of God to your life
• Denying self and seeking God
• Complete, not partial, submission
Always remember, that in this life, we will always have things that come to shake us up. We just have to know that Jesus will give us peace the entire time. Yes, the storms will come and the winds will blow, but Jesus can simply say “Peace, be still.”, just like in Mark 4:39, and your problems must cease.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)