Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Acts 27:9-26

Today’s reading has an obvious message – in the face of danger, when all hope is gone, trust in the promises of God. I hope after you read today’s passage that you agree with me. However, let’s take a closer look.

Leaving the relative safety of Fair Havens, Paul’s vessel encountered a violent storm. The crew tried valiantly to weather the storm but eventually gave up all hope of saving their lives, much less the battered ship. Paul gathered the ship’s crew and encouraged them with two promises of God: (1) that he (Paul) had been guaranteed safe arrival in Rome; and (2) that everyone sailing with him would be protected from harm. One truth stands clear in the middle of this nerve-racking voyage: Life may get messy, complicated, or even frightening, but God’s will cannot be thwarted! God can turn disaster into deliverance and hopelessness into hope. Having faith in God means taking God at His word and relying wholeheartedly on the promises of God.

We all face trials and tribulations during our lives. Today’s reading reminds us to trust in God to get us through. I do not know about you but sometimes when the going gets tough I try to rely on me – I do not ask God for help or look to Him for help. This usually has limited success. Today’s reading helps me to remember that when the going gets tough I need to rely on God – ask God for help, seek His will and path forward. Today’s reading is a reminder to all of us.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ and Happy Birthday Jodie,
Richard Leach

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