|Vol. 1, No. 11||Page 8||November 1999|
By Curtis Dowdy
I love the story of the boy who was on the sidewalk with a mirror, trying to reflect sunlight on a window of the house. When asked what he was doing the boy said, “My brother is sick and that’s his room. The doctor said he needs to have a lot of sunlight in his room, but the sun hardly ever shines in his window. I’m trying to reflect a little light there with this mirror.”
Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12) and we all need his light reflected into rooms where we live. Jesus also says to his people, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We are to “shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of truth” (Philippians 2:15-16). As the children of God we should be like that boy, bringing light into his brother’s room. The divine light of Jesus is always shining, but God uses human reflectors to get that light into the rooms of the sick. What kind of job are we doing as God’s reflectors?
The anchor was very important in times of a big storm. If the boat was being thrown about by the waves, the anchor could be lowered and it would help keep the boat from being turned over. If the boat were close to shore, the anchor would keep the boat from being thrown into the rocks on the shore. This would keep the boat from being torn apart and destroyed.
Our spiritual hope should be like the anchor. It must be a good, strong, sure and steadfast anchor. In Hebrews 6:18-19 we read, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.”
Our anchor in life must be in God. He is sure and steadfast and never changes. His Word never changes. If we trust in him and his Word, we can be sure that we will one day live with him in heaven.
But if we have our hope on some person or some government, then we will not have a steadfast hope. Man and government can change. Their words can change, but God never changes.
When the storms of life come upon us, we want to have
an anchor that will keep us from being torn apart and destroyed. Only our
anchor in God will do this.