Sunday, March 23, 2014

Acts 27:25

Acts 27:25 - So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.

Paul and his companions were on a journey to Rome. It was nearing winter and Paul had warned the men that they should stop for the winter, but they had decided to try and make it to the next port. They chose poorly, because now they were in the middle of a storm, facing hurricane winds. Much of their supplies had already been thrown overboard, and they had given up hope for survival.
Then Paul had a vision. In his vision he saw an angel of the Lord who told him, “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” After this vision Paul was now trying to reassure the men he was with. He told them that they would lose the ship, but not one of them would lose their lives.
Even in the midst of a hurricane storm Paul chose to believe God. He knew that the storm was bad, but he also knew that God would bring him and those he was with through the storm to safety.
We also have “storms” in our lives. There are things going on all around you and it seems like no matter what you do you cannot make any headway. Sometimes you may even feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. I want to encourage you today. Take courage. God is with you. The bible says He will never leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:6 & Heb. 13:5). You may lose some stuff along the way, but put your faith in God and you will emerge victorious.

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