Friday, November 4, 2011

Keep Your Chin Up and Anchor In!

 “Keep your chin up!” Have you ever had someone say that to you? I have, many times. There are times when I look at them and think, “That’s easy for you to say! You have no idea what is going on right now! Keep my chin up! What is wrong with you?” But God our Father is telling us today, “Keep your chin up!”
Psalm 108:1 speaks to me this morning. From the pages of God’s great love, He speaks. “O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.” The word for today that the Lord gave me to seek out and find my treasure-is steadfast. It means to be firm, be established, be enduring, and be fixed.
There are times in our lives when the Lord God gives us specific instructions (besides His Word, and commands). He comes to us in His still small voice and says, “Go, and do…..and I will provide and protect you. Step out in faith and follow me”. We step out in faith and when the storm comes, we begin to waver and doubt. We get discouraged and start to fall back, we begin to fear. We forget to ‘keep our chin up’.
Take a moment and point your chin up. Where do your eyes go? They go above you, gazing into the sky. Where is God? He is in the heavens; He is seated on His throne- right where your eyes are looking. When our hearts are steadfast, and fixed upon the Lord- we no longer waver in the things that we have been called to do. Your Father in heaven is steadfastly gazing upon you- every moment. His eyes never leave you, nor does His gaze leave your face. When you gaze upon Him, know in confidence that He is gazing back.
Our hearts are steadfast when we keep our chin up and gaze into the love and mercy our heavenly Father has for us. Do not gaze at anything or anyone else, but be firmly established, steadfastly gazing upon the God whom loves you and gave Himself for you. Well, that’s easy to say, but how do we stay so firmly fixed with our eyes on Him?
We need to anchor in, that’s how. My dad and I used to go fishing all the time when I was a kid. We would get up early in the morning, ready the fishing gear, ready the boat and head out. When we got the boat into the water, we would find a place that looked promising and drop the anchors. The anchor served a purpose. It kept the boat in one place, we did not float away into the rocky shore, nor did we float away into dangerous waters- we stayed fixed in one place.
Hebrews 6:19 says that “This is the hope that we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” Who is that hope? That hope is Jesus Christ; He is the anchor that keeps us from floating away. When the storms of life come crashing in and you are finding yourself wavering in what God has called you to do- “Keep your chin up, and anchor in”.
When my dad and I would drop the anchor off the side of the boat, we had to secure it, otherwise the rope that held the anchor would fall down into the water, and what then would be the point of the anchor? God’s Word is the rope that keeps His anchor tied to your heart. When you are being tossed to and fro, and the waters are raging around you- tighten that anchor up. Get into God’s word and hold on. Being in God’s will does not always promise smooth sailing, in fact- it promises the opposite. Jesus said, “In this life there will be trials and tribulations” (I am paraphrasing). He didn’t promise that if we walked in the will of God all our lives would be a bed of roses, and singing on mountain tops.  That is why He gives us this call today- “Keep your chin up and anchor in.”
The times ahead are going to be rough, and we need to check our anchors. Sometimes the waves would rock our boat so hard that the anchors would break free. Check your anchor today. Where are your eyes fixed? If you are floating and being tossed- “Keep your chin up and anchor in.”
Lord Jesus, we thank You for being that anchor of our souls, the hope that we have is in You alone. Lord God, remind us to keep our hearts and our eyes firmly fixed upon you-always. Whether we have fair weather or storms, let us be reminded each day to check our anchors and keep our chins up. We thank You and we praise You for Your grace and mercy which is new today. In Jesus Name, Amen.