Anchors, there is really no substitute for them! West Texas is a place far from the ocean, yet it is a place where the need for holding fast and the value of anchors is appreciated. Regular strong winds and a continuing threat of storms make holding fast and being anchored ideas that are worth holding on to, pun intended. When something we care about or depend upon must endure the some times brutal conditions of our weather. We want it to be well anchored, so that its condition will hold fast through what opposes it. Mobile homes, towers, signs, even deer feeders (it is almost deer season) all need to be anchored so that their condition and purpose might hold fast.
The Bible talks about holding fast, staying faithful, keeping, and holding to are all ways of translating this idea. Facing an ever increasing spiritual battle against evil, idolatry, and lust the saints of the seven churches in Asia are told: Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:12 NRSV), and Christ will say specifically to the church in Philadelphia: I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown (Rev 3:11ESV). So then, in times of spiritual warfare, the church must realize the preciousness of the faith they have in Christ Jesus and hold fast to it for victory in their battles (Rev 12:17).
The Bible also teaches us the value of being anchored by the
sure and certain nature of God’s promise and purpose for us in the
work of Christ Jesus:
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 . . . (Heb 6:17–19 ASV).
Facing spiritual battles and the continual threat of storms emotionally, physically, and spiritually, we find strong encouragement in Scripture to hold fast to what has anchored our souls.
Father, glorify yourself in helping us hold fast the immutable anchor that we have to keep our souls steady and standing through the battles and storms of this life. We pray this through, Jesus Christ, who calls us to hold on to what we have in Him. Amen.