Sunday, February 18, 2007

Anchored to the Distant Shore

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Mic 7:18-19

Even as Christians, the greatest storm we face is the sin that rages in us. It crouches at our door, its desire is for us, and its only fruit is destruction. It threatens to sear our consciences, hinder our prayers, and even cause our love for Christ to grow cold. But even when we fail, and some of these things start to be seen in our lives, let us never forget that our God will have compassion on His children. He delights in mercy, He will turn again to us to subdue our iniquities, and cast’s our sins to the depths of the sea.

Do you see dear believer what hope is found in this Scripture? God is not looking to help you because you have been perfect and you deserve to be helped. He desires to pardon your iniquity. He knows you have sinned and need to be delivered. He has placed the wrath that your sins deserve on Christ your substitution. And though your sinful heart still threatens to toss you where it will, like a lost vessel on an angry sea, our God anchors you with a strong and secure hope.

Grab hold of Christ who is that hope. Like an anchor securing a ship on a stormy sea has plunged beneath the veil of the water and cannot be seen, so Christ has entered within the veil; where he has gone as a forerunner on your behalf (Heb. 6:17). And though we cannot see Him at this moment, the hope he has given us is like a secure chain anchored to the throne of God, which is pulling us home through the tumultuous sea.

As the storms grow stronger, by His grace He strengthens our hold upon this hope, as we learn that nothing else can save us. The tighter we hold to our hope, the more taught the link between us and our true home becomes, until we can feel it pulling us homeward.

Though the storms of sin surround, take heart that your sins have been removed, and you are anchored to the distant shore through Christ. Fear not, for no surer hope has ever been tested, and as your love for this world slowly weakens, you will notice the chain between you and your true home has become that much shorter. When you see this, you will know He has turned to you, and is having compassion upon you, because this is work that only He can do.

Let us end with a short verse by Charles Spurgeon, who inspired most of the content of this devotion.

Let the winds blow, and billows roll,
Hope is the anchor of my soul.
But can I by so slight a tie,
And unseen hope, on God rely?
Steadfast and sure, it cannot fail,
It enters deep within the veil,
It fastens on a land unknown,
And moors me to my Father’s throne.

-Doug Eaton-

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At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 3:26:00 PM, Blogger Tim A. said...

Thanks so much. These are really encourageing words.

At Sunday, February 25, 2007 4:02:00 PM, Anonymous bobby grow said...

Amen, Doug. I love the metaphor of Christ as our anchor . . . it brings great security and hope.

Is that you in the picture? Where are you at, Huntington, Bolsa Chica? I miss California ;~).

At Monday, February 26, 2007 9:56:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Hey Bobby,

That picture is from dog beach in Huntington. You'll have to come back down to visit. The best part is that picture was taken this month. I think we were in the 80's that day. :-)


At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:46:00 AM, Anonymous bobby grow said...

Doug said:

. . . The best part is that picture was taken this month. I think we were in the 80's that day.

Yeah, funny . . . rub it in :-).

We're going to be down there June to see my folks (Lakewood).


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