An anchor is a heavy object that is attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom. When the anchor is removed, the boat is ready to float. But the ship remains wherever it is as long as the anchor holds its ground.
The last chapter of the book of Joshua is centered around Joshua and the Israelites commitment to serve God. Joshua started by telling the Israelites the history of what God has done for them and gave them reasons why they needed to serve God.
Joshua’s reason to serve God was based on his revelation, relationship, and encounter with God. He knew the God he claimed to serve. He was once the servant of Moses as well as the leader of Isreal. Joshua’s anchor was on his revelation about God.
However, the Israelite’s reason to serve God was based on their love and trust in what Joshua had told them or perhaps in Joshua himself. Most didn’t know God personally, but they could not deny the wonderful things God had done through Moses and subsequently, Joshua for their sake. They were ready to believe and do whatever Joshua told them to do. Their anchor wasn’t based on a personal relationship they had with God but instead on the personal relationship they had with Joshua.
I’m asking us right now upon what do we base our belief or service? What is our anchor or reason to choose a holy, consecrated, or spiritual life? Is our anchor based on a personal revelation about God, or is it based on what others have said?
We’ve learned from history that once the anchor is removed, the boat/the people are set free. Joshua 24:31 reminds us that “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders that over-lived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.” Once the anchor was removed, Israelites did what pleased them. Several other anchors inspired moral discipline in Israel, and a number of them can be found in the book of Judges. These words often accompany their death; ” and the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord after the death of…”
To remain committed to Spiritual discipline, we need to be true to ourselves and figure our what our anchor is. Are we “Christians” because our Parents are Christians? Do we give because we receive from others? Why do we do what we do? Why do we go to church? Why are we committed to living a righteous life? What is our foundation? Upon what anchor do we rest our faith? Is it based on a genuine desire on our part to seek for truth, or is it based on what we’ve heard, or the requirements of the community we belong to?
There’s an important principle we need to remember from the Israelites and life. Once the anchor is removed, the boat set sails. Once our reason for doing what we do is removed, we lose all motivation to continue.
Knowing this fact, we need to be anchored to the truth and have a personal and genuine conviction about what we are doing. We need to be anchored to something immune to the uncertainty that exists in this world, for once the anchor is removed, we lose all convictions. But once our anchor can’t be removed, our decisions, and choices will stand irrespective of the uncertainties that exist in this world.