Throw Out Your Anchors before the Storm

By Patrick Hawthorne


27 Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing near some land. 28 And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be fifteen fathoms. 29 Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come. 30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretense of putting out anchors from the prow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved. (Acts 27:27-31 NKJV)

What a dreadful time it must have been.  Paul warned the captain and crew that a storm was brewing but they ignored him.  “Come on, Paul.  Look how nice the weather; how bright and sunny the day.”

Isn’t that how things tend to go?  We Christian’s…we get all comfy and cozy with our lives.  Warnings upon warnings are given of an approaching storm, but we don’t listen.  “Ahh well…Yes, I know the world is going to hell in a hand basket, but my life is good; I’m blessed.  If a storm comes up, I will just throw out a few anchors.  The Lord will protect me.”  The problem is that we rarely recognize the storm until we are in the midst of it.  By then it is too late to throw out the anchors.  Prayers prayed out of fear cannot be prayers prayed in faith.

Consider this a warning.  A storm is coming!  Throw out your anchors now so that they may grab hold and sustain you in midst of the storms, whether they be natural or spiritual.  Don’t be as the sailors with Paul who tried to catch up in their faith by fear praying.  It will be too late.

“Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.” (Acts 27:29).

Begin now!  A really good starting point is Psalms 91.  Read it out loud every day.  Confess it over you and your family till it gets so deep within your spirit that nothing will shake your faith in the Lord.  Be as the wise who build their spiritual homes on solid rock and not as the fools who build their foundation upon sinking sand.  Be blessed.


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8 comments on “Throw Out Your Anchors before the Storm
  1. I wanted to pick out a couple of verses from Psalm 91 as especially meaningful to me. I would highlight and copy; then read a little further and copy more, until eventually, I had highlighted the whole psalm.

    1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
    3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
    4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
    5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
    6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
    7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
    8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
    9 If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,
    10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.
    11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
    12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
    13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
    14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
    15 When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
    16 I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:1-16 (NLT)


  2. Amen, Patrick!

    I’ve been surprised by the fact that I actually have anchors,that the Lord has taught me well. I’ve been hit by some pretty epic storms a few times. I didn’t really see them coming at all, but the Lord did. I had dream after dream of Him standing in a boat and pointing to His eyes. It’s such a simple message but at the time I didn’t get it at all,could not figure out what the Lord was trying to tell me. I kid you not,I was actually tripping over large rocks at the time, whacked my head on a real anchor, and having dreams of Jesus pointing to His eyes, and I was still a bit clueless. What does this all mean, Lord? The Lord is faithful and infinitely patience however, because finally it all clicked,I am your rock, keep your eyes on me. Very important to know when chaos hits and you are not in control of everything going on around you.


  3. Charles Earl Harrel says:

    Hi Patrick. I love this story; preached on it a few times, too. Just wondering if you have any thoughts about the four anchors and what they might represent – namely, four specific things or actions that believers can do when facing a spiritual storm.


    • I haven’t given it much thought. However, in the context of this story the anchors represent a failed attempt to save themselves after being long into the storm. Notice then that they prayed for daylight….the truth is that daylight was going to come regardless of their prayer.


  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Looked up Psalm 91 and was blessed by it

    Liked by 1 person

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