All the strength, training, wealth and education that one could acquire is not enough to stand against an avalanche. According to national geographic, “A large, fully developed avalanche can weigh as much as a million tons. It can travel faster than 320 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour). Avalanches occur as layers in a snowpack slide off.”
No human on earth can withstand this powerful force. If you happen to be anywhere in the vicinity of a mountain that has an avalanche and the sheer force doesn’t kill you, then there are several other factors that could. Such as being tumbled along with debris and rocks and small trees, being thrown against a stationary object or being buried alive. There are a few things that can withstand an avalanche a large boulder and large well established trees. After watching a survival story about an avalanche in montana where one man was killed, and another lost his leg, I thought the only thing you really could do other than cry out to GOd for help in that moment, is get behind one of these large established anchors for shelter; however just standing behind one wouldn’t be enough, in fact even grabbing hold of one of these trees wouldn’t be enough, as the man in the documentary was blown off the tree. His arm strength was no match for a million tons of snow coming at him at 200 miles per hour, perhaps even a rope tying him to the tree wouldn’t be enough, but perhaps a heavy metal chain.
Spiritually speaking we are living at the base of a mountain covered in layers of snow. There are all sorts of threats to our lives, these are the natural life struggles, those things that come out of no where and pummel us, avalanches. Sometimes our physical lives are affected, sometimes our faith, our relationships or our mental capacities, in fact I believe we are at the bottom of a mountain right now and the snow is unstable at the top in regards to world economy and crisis. Sometimes these life storms are too much for our own strength. But there is one who can withstand the weight and speed of trials and avalanches in life. He is the one who made the mountains and the snow and you and I. He is our tower of refuge. The Lord God who made heaven and earth is a very present help in times of trouble, but we need to do more than just stand behind him hoping to be shielded from death, we must do more than cling to him, because our own strength will never be enough, we need to anchor ourselves to him, we need to anchor to the father, how? Christ is our anchor to the anchor.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,Hebrews 6:19
The hope that enters behind the curtain is Jesus, he is the hope and the steadfast anchor. The bible says no one comes to the father but through the son, and no one comes to the son unless the father draws him. If we are anchored to the father avalanches still come, but we will not suffer the full damage of it. How do we anchor to the anchor?
Jesus said this to his disciples: “abide in me and i in you. if you abide in me and my words abide in you ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love just as i have kept my fathers commandments, and abide in his love.” – John 15:7-10
We anchor to the anchor, by abiding in Jesus. Jesus is abiding in the Father. Jesus says in “if anyone loves me he will keep my word and my father will love him and we will come to him and make our abode with him.” –john 14:23
We anchor by spending time in God’s word each day, we can’t love someone we don’t know, we cannot obey instructions we aren’t familiar with. We anchor and love by keeping the commandments and word of God. Preserve them, abide in them, know them and when the Holy Spirit impresses your heart to act in accordance out of your love for the One you know, and you do it –that is keeping the word. Storms will still come, avalanches will still cascade towards us, we will not escape the trials, temptations and fiery ordeals in life, but God has already given us his word as a safeguard. Jesus Christ is the word of God in the flesh, and it is his name written on his thigh, The Word of God, which guards us.
“While I was with them I was keeping them in thy name which though has given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished. I have given them they word… and sanctify them in the truth thy word is truth. ”-john 17 :12
Believing in God is not enough, James says even the demons believe. Jesus rebuked a city full of belief for lack of repentance. He told parables of turning people away that acted in his name because they were without law and didn’t know Him. Believe, yes, but don’t stop there, that is like standing behind the tree for protection without being anchored to it for life. James encourages believers to have faith and works. Obedience in an outcome of faith, anchor to God by Christ The Word. Let his word form a metal chain around your soul that secures you to the Father.
Consider that the Word of God is one of the only things that sets apart the disciples of Christ from the world, its not love, charity, good deeds, its not thankfulness, or intelligence, or even religion or beauty. It is specifically God’s word that distinguishes Believers, it was also his word given to Israel that set them apart as well, covenant. The world can love and be thankful and smart and religious and do good all day long but if they do not anchor to God through and by Jesus Christ the word of God they are merely standing behind the tree and hoping to withstand an avalanche.
What are your thought about keeping the commandments and what do you think Jesus meant when he encouraged his disciples to do so?