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 Vol. 7, No. 5 

May 2005

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Shall We Cast Off Our Moorings?

By Ernest S. Underwood

Image As I write this article [written several years ago], I am overlooking the beautiful harbor of Singapore. Lying at anchor in that harbor are more than one hundred and fifty ships of different sizes and shapes. As I have sat here from time to time and observed them, it is interesting to watch how each ship faces the tide. If the tide is coming in, they face the ocean; if it is going out, they face the mouth of the Singapore River. However, because they are securely anchored in the harbor they remain in their respective places. They are neither washed aground, nor out to sea by the moving tide. Why? Because their anchor holds them in their place.

The writer of the Book of Hebrews had something to say about an anchor. He wrote, "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..." (Hebrews 6:18-19). Let the storms of life come to tempt us, bringing in their sorrow and doubt, let the false prophet attempt to lead us astray with his great swelling words of false doctrines. Neither will be able to move us who have that anchor both sure and steadfast. It will keep us safely moored.

Shall we cast off our moorings and be cast against the rocks and crags on the shores of eternal destruction for the love of power, popularity, pseudo peace or numbers? We have our anchor of hope securely attached to the Gospel and the Rock of Ages of that Gospel. There is no hope apart from it. Hear the apostle Paul: "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who were sometimes far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:12-13). Shall we now forsake the eternal verities of God's holy Word through which our blessed hope comes, to wander aimlessly upon the wild and raging seas of the theories, philosophies and false doctrines of men, to be ultimately dashed against the shores of destruction?

We sing the words of the song: "We have an anchor that keeps the soul stedfast and sure while the billows roll. Fastened to the rock which cannot move; grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love." Let us ever keep our lives deeply embedded in that rock so that we may enjoy the eternal bliss of heaven when this life is over.Image

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