Scripture: Hebrews 13:5–9
Key Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
After moving to a new home more than fourteen times in my life, and living out of boxes and a suitcase, I’ve come to realize that my life is anything but stable. The inconsistency has not been terrible, but sometimes it’s nice to have a constant in your life—something to hold you steady when everything seems to be twirling around and around. We search for this everywhere. We look to people, hobbies, places, and even ourselves for stability. But people fail us, activities come to an end, memories fade, and our own hearts deceive us.
There are days when I begin to panic, as I become overwhelmed by all the changes and chaos in my life. It takes me a while to collect my thoughts and remind myself that sometimes craziness is okay and that just because I’m going 1000 miles a minute doesn’t mean things are out of control. In these moments, I am thankful that I have an anchor—something that keeps me steady in the whirlwind of life. The anchor is not my family, though they are wonderful. It’s not my friends, though I wouldn’t be here without them. It’s not my dreams, my career, my education, my income, or my health. The only constant in my life is Jesus. Jesus is my anchor!
Jesus is the only unshakable, unmovable, unending, unbreakable constant in my life. His Word, truth, presence, and control have never changed. There were times when I felt as though Jesus had simply walked away, but that was only because I assumed Jesus would do what the rest of the world had done. But Jesus has never left me. He is the only part of my life that is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
What in your life have you tried to use as your anchor? What would it look like if you allowed Jesus to be a constant in your life of frequent changes?
Using a pen or marker, draw an anchor somewhere on your fingers or hand or arm (like a temporary tattoo) where you can see it. Until it washes off, let it remind you that Jesus is your anchor. The next time you begin to crack under the pressures of life, the next time you feel like there is nothing holding you steady and strong, or like the waves are crashing over you, sending you far out to sea, remember this truth: Jesus is your anchor.
God, your Word says that you will never change. Help me to understand what that means for me, and help me to allow you to be my anchor. When life starts to get crazy, when I have to move again, when I lose the things that bring me comfort, help me to look to you for comfort and stability.