Anchor . . . “a device used to hold fast or check the motion of a vessel or floating object; or a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; a mainstay” (www.dictionary.com).
The immutability of God — that He changes not and cannot lie — certainly serves as an anchor not only for my soul but for whosoever believes this truth . . . throughout every season of our journeys. Whether in times of peace or turbulence, the Word of God will anchor us. And it is because of God’s immutability that we can have a strong consolation in the sure and steadfast Hope (Jesus) that He is the only firm anchor in the midst of our unpredictable and constantly changing world (Heb. 6:18-20).
Some, however, are asserting that certain passages of Scripture are “unfortunate” translation errors. Ahhh . . . but, pray tell, how did this come to be? How did our Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God allow man, His created being, to incorrectly translate His Word? Why would the same Spirit of God who moved upon holy men of old to write the Scriptures then allow men years later to translate it incorrectly?
Personally, I do not believe He did. Because God’s Word is forever settled in heaven (Ps. 119:89), and it is impossible for Him to lie (Heb. 6:18), I do not believe He would allow His Word to be mistakenly translated — period.
If I begin entertaining such insidious assertions, then, for me, I would not be able to trust the accuracy of any of the Word. And, that would eventually undermine my faith and lead to my eternal damnation. But . . . ! I truly thank God for being God, and for revealing Himself to those who really want to know Him — the Truth. And the immutable truths that He cannot lie and that He is always the same (Heb. 13:8) are anchors for whosoever believes Him.
All of us who teach and preach the Word of God have “a sacred trust” standard that we must continually strive to meet — first to God, then to those He entrusts to our care. Those called by God must knowledgeably handle His Word (rightly divide according to 2 Tim. 2:15) with much reverence and a holy fear. It is indeed a dangerous thing, a very dangerous thing, for us with our limited perspectives and understanding to mishandle that which God entrusts to our care — no matter how intelligent, sophisticated, wealthy, etc., we may be — especially when our words or deeds may cause others to stumble or fall by the wayside.
God holds ministers and ministry leaders to a higher standard. And even though our Advocate, Jesus, is always interceding on our behalf, we have a duty to walk upright before the Lord. We are not to use God’s grace and mercy as a means to continue deliberately misrepresenting His Word (Rom. 6:1-2). When we knowingly misrepresent the Word of God, or either “parrot” an untruth that a current popular preacher/teacher may be spouting without asking the Lord to reveal truth to us, He is going to hold us accountable for that.
Whenever we do not fully understand something about the things of God or His Word, we should get before Him and ask Him to reveal the meaning or clarify it for us rather than reading commentaries or asking someone else what they think.
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). If He reveals truth to one of His children, He will reveal truth to any who will but ask Him (Matt. 7:7). After all, that is one of the reasons His Spirit lives within us . . . to lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
The Lord God is our Hiding Place and our Shield — and we can hope in His word (Ps. 119:114) — all of His Word — being fully persuaded that as the Spirit of God helped the authors of old write the Holy Scriptures, He was also more than capable of helping the translators provide accurate translations.
Now let the Word — all of the Word — anchor you!
Amen and bless God!