Have you ever felt like all hope was gone? That there was no way to come out of the situation you were faced with? Sometimes that how we feel in crises that surprise us and even those we see coming.
As I was doing my devotions this morning I came across something that I would like to share. I was reading my bible in the book of Acts chapter 27, where Paul was sailing to Rome to be tried for a crime aboard a ship with +200 people. In their journey, the chapter shows that their course on the sea was altered a few times in immediate direction due to harsh winds and difficult storms.
After some time, the storms grew more frightening that ever before for the ship and its passengers. The crew was trying to throw things overboard, even valuable food, just to keep from flipping the boat over in the large waves.
So as I have set the story up, I would like to show you where we pick up.
Acts 27: 18-26, being wrote by Paul the apostle, taken from Bible Gateway in the New International Version….
18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advicenot to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”
In the face of adversity and complete hopelessness, God is still present and his name prevails! Just when you run out of hope, God steps in. His ways are higher than out wats. With a great anointing and call, you can no longer stay comfortable with the familiar.
For the glory and call of God will draw you from the shore of certainty and into the sea of the unknown. Truly, God is the absolute only certain thing in life. Everything can change in an instance, and I have experienced this many times myself. So don’t put your hope in worldly things and people, because they are as wavering as a leaf int he wind, while the Lord Almighty is a strong stone tower; unmoved by outside elements and forces.
Take heart, because the Lord I serve has overcome the world. Everything comes under his power.
So in life, full of uncertainties and troubled times, be like Paul! And know that our God is able to be exceedingly and abundantly more than we can think. In our darkest hour, he’s at his brightest; it doesn’t always feel this way, but firsthand experience has shown me he is always right there.
And as always, be blessed.