Prior to the Bronze Age, ships typically relied on rocks as an anchor. The ancient Greeks placed several placed rocks, bags of sand or wooden logs filled with lead into a basket. Leading up to the 19th century, the manufacturing process of anchors was imperfect. The curve feature of modern anchors did not appear until 1813 when Pering, a clerk from Plymouth Yard introduced this feature. Time has perfected this vital piece of equipment, saving the lives of countless crewmen from running aground during the storms of life.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, Hebrews 6:19.
According to the author of Hebrews, hope is a spiritual anchor for the soul. Without signs of hope, the human spirit can wilt, pushed to a breaking point. If you ever feel like giving up, the Bible provides a valuable solution. When an individual throws an anchor overboard, the bottom is invisible, relying on the tension of the chain to determine if you’ve struck the bottom. In the same way, God’s unchanging nature is rock solid, fulfilling the promises He has made in the past. This is the anchor for troubled souls.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up, Galatians 6:9.
Every day on earth is like taking a journey out to sea. You never know what you will find, who or what you will encounter and how quickly the weather will change. When the unexpected arises, who will you trust? Some have gotten into the habit of relying in their own abilities. Although God has given everyone certain qualities, leaning on the Lord will help you ride out troubled waters. Whatever life throws at you, don’t forget about the anchor for the soul.
by Jay Mankus