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In times like these, what are you holding on to?

Duane Williams • Apr 19, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Editor’s note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

There is an older song I remember from when I was just a teen that was written by George Beverly Shea titled “In Times Like These.”

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

The chorus said:

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

There are uncertain days throughout our lives; we all have faced these at one time or another. Things seem to be going well, maybe going great, then out of nowhere the storm hits. Sometimes we handle it right and other times we don’t do so well.

Psalm 27 tells us how David handled things when hard times hit. He begins with saying in verse 1 that “the Lord is light and my salvation” and “the Lord is the strength of my life.” Then he confesses “that my heart shall not fear.” “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5) That reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:20, “... I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

David said unto the Lord, 11 “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies,” whatever or whoever they may be. You see we just don’t know what lies before us. What are you focusing on today? Is it the pandemic storm our country is facing? Is what you’re seeing nothing but the worst? In times like these, we need to see the goodness of the Lord.

The Psalmist instructs all of us to, 14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.”

I like the last verse of this song and this is my confession.

In times like these I have a Savior
In times like these I have an anchor
I’m very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

What are you holding on to?

Duane Williams is pastor of New Horizons Ministries in Kingsport.

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