‘When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.’ Acts 27:20 (NIV).
There are times in our lives when God seems inaccessible. We pray, but our prayers seem to be bouncing off the ceiling. We may feel abandoned. And not just abandoned, but terrified and helpless. Paul understood that feeling. He’d longed for an opportunity to preach in Rome and was on his way there when a cyclone destroyed the ship he was on. Before that happened, Paul not only foresaw the loss of the ship, its crew, and cargo but ‘our own lives also.’ (Acts 27:10).
Paul tried to warn the crew of the impending tragedy, but his words were ignored by those in charge. In short, Paul and 276 others were placed in a life-threatening situation by the willful disregard of others.
There was nothing he could do about it and, feeling a sense of despair, he and his believing companions declared, ‘We finally gave up all hope of being saved!’ Then after fourteen days lost at sea – when the cyclone was fiercest – God sent an angel. ‘Do not be afraid, Paul ….. God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ (Acts 27:24).
When it looked like Paul’s consuming desire to preach in Rome wouldn’t be possible, God faithfully piloted them through the storm to the exact destination He had planned for them. Paul would go to Rome and declare God’s Word before Caesar after all.
‘Dear Lord, you see the storm I am facing at this time. Help me. Help me to face this difficulty with strength and wisdom and to remain assured in my heart that you will bring me through it safely. Thank you.’
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Do we find ourselves caught in a storm? Whatever trial we may be facing today, remember: we can trust God to carry us through it.
God will hear our prayer when we cry out in earnest to Him. And God determines, ‘the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), so we can come out of this storm stronger and wiser than before.
Be Greatly Blessed!