The Anchor of Our Souls
What does it take to live a godly life in an ungodly world? The signatures of sin and evil are all around us. There has to be something more that we can do than to white-knuckle our way through temptation.
Simply put, our anchor is Jesus Christ. He is our only salvation from sin -- the anchor of our souls that holds firm (see Hebrews 6:19), especially when the storms of life threaten and when the enemy's temptations blow hard against us.
Does this mean that we can escape the troubles of this world? No, but it does mean that we can set the compass of our hearts on Christ. Then, when the aggressive winds and tumbling waves of temptation come, we will not be overwhelmed by them.
Jesus knew that we would face serious temptations and trials. The night of His arrest, He prayed for us: "[Father], my prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it" (John 17:15-16).
Living a godly life in an ungodly world is realizing that we do not belong to ourselves. As believers, we belong to Jesus Christ. He is the shepherd of our souls, our loving Savior, and eternal Lord -- and from a spiritual standpoint, we do not belong to this world. Our heavenly Father has provided all that we need to live free of Satan's temptations, tactics, lies, and snares.
Prayer: Father, thank You for being the anchor for my soul. Thank You for the reminder that I belong to You and that You have provided all that I need. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure" (Hebrews 6:19).