Our Sure and Unshakeable Anchor

I have a fresh respect for allegory. If you’ve kept up with my posts recently, this comes as no surprise. Prompted by my appreciation for The Pilgrim’s Progress, I’ve thought about whether or not Isolated contains any allegorical elements.

The story as a whole is certainly not an allegory. But I can think of two individual (‘isolated’, if you will) allegories that play a small part within the whole.

If you’ve read Isolated and want to engage in some thought work on it, I hope you’ll enjoy this post. You won’t enjoy it if you haven’t read Isolated and don’t like spoilers, or if you don’t like picking apart and analyzing the experience of a book.

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At one point in the story, our young protagonist is swept away in the current of a river.

Louise coughed, kicked and clawed some more. The water slipped through her fingers like soup through a sieve

Excerpt from Isolated

Her groping and floundering last several grueling minutes before she is mercifully snagged by a tree which has fallen into the river.

She draped her hands over the wooden trunk and found branches. She rested her head on her shoulder and panted. For the next few minutes, she didn’t dare move. She savored the feeling of something strong and solid beneath her—an external body to lean on. This was rest. This was security.

-Excerpt from Isolated

Can’t the very same be said of God?

The devil and his servants would readily make an overpowering current of just about anything. Work. Relationships. Debt. Responsibilities. Sickness. Loss. Blogging. Theology.

What is the only solid, unshakable thing to which we cling? Every single time, it’s a Person. It’s God.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

-Isaiah 43:2

This is a fairly commonly used verse and I think it has the potential to be misused. Yet there’s a promise for people who recognize that no one or nothing but God is that steadfast, unwavering anchor. It’s for people who cling to Him.

Consider other vocabulary the Bible uses:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

-Jesus speaking, Matthew 7:24

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

-1 Corinthians 3:11

Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’

-Acts 4:11

The imagery of God being our rock may seem vague and dull to ears that have grown up in the Church. But if I can, I want to convince you to consider the picture as for the first time. Consider it with a mind open to a sense of deep-rooted confidence in God.

Nothing else in the world can promise and deliver such a sure and resolved anchor amidst any current we may face.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

-Hebrews 6:19-20, emphasis mine

The bottom line: God is the sure and unshakeable anchor of those who cling to Him.

I’d love to hear from you

  • Can you testify from personal experience to God being the immovable Rock?
  • How might Isaiah 43:2 be used out of context?
  • What might help us revive and preserve our appreciation for the Rock?
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6 thoughts on “Our Sure and Unshakeable Anchor

  1. Great post, Jordy!! In a changing world of uncertainty and doubt it’s such a comforting thought to know God is our Rock! He’s there for us, our shelter and refuge. Thanks for this reminder!

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  2. Oh yes, Jordy! What beautiful pictures of the awesomeness of God!

    Yesterday my family was talking about the rocks in people’s lives. People fail. Talents fail. We fail. And if our rock is anything apart from Jesus, we’re sinking into the water without an anchor to hold us fast. Recently I’ve realized how faithful He is to stand strong even when we step off the Rock and begin to sink. Like Peter, Jesus reaches out His hand to rescue us.

    I think the answer to your question of how to revive our appreciation for the Rock could be to simply let Him do it. To be still in His presence. To listen. To let Him overwhelm us by Himself. We can’t love Him in our own strength, but He can transform our hearts and fill it with Himself. ❤

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    1. I love it when the Lord directs our minds into similar thoughts and conversations even when miles apart. It reminds me that in the Body of Christ, there is ONE Spirit at work, though the members of the Body be many. How neat that you and your family were discussing this very thing!

      I love how you answered the question with the seemingly always relevant invitation of Psalm 46. Be still. Know that I am God. I’ve been impressed with how knowing God changes so much. Without human effort, it transforms. Thanks for your words, dear friend.

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  3. Love the analogy that those scenes from Isolated depict! It is frustrating when verses are misused, but I think that passage is a beautiful promise of what we can hope for when God is our anchor and hope. We can’t expect to simply have the blessings without the effort of growing closer to Him, but when we do, He always comes through. xx

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    1. Frustrating. That’s a great way to describe how I feel, too, when verses are misused. I feel like it’s common for people to try to claim God’s astounding promises without loving and delighting in Him and without, in fact, being in that covenant relationship with Him. But by His grace, those of us who are in relationship with Him have so many gifts extended to us. Under the right conditions, as you said, He always comes through. Thanks for your encouragement, dear friend.

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