On an excursion he had already advised against, Paul stood in the midst of the struggling vessel. Tossed to and fro, the crew had lost not only their cargo and strength but also their hope. In an intense battle with the Euroclydon, Paul was about to go from prisoner to captain.
As he stood before those assigned to deliver him to Rome for trial, he comforted them, “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” (Acts 27:22-24)
Through the tempest Paul was able to share God’s Word, set a good example, show a testimony of God’s grace and rescue those around him.
Sometimes we try to search for meaning in the midst of life’s mega storms. Facing the hardships of this life can accomplish many things:
- Turmoil can soften our hearts after we have disobeyed God’s will.
- Storms reveal our true character.
- Tempests can draw us closer to our Heavenly Father.
- Through the wind and the rain, we can see that nothing can stop God’s plan.
- Storms provide opportunities to serve and share.
Friend, no matter what tumult you are facing, remember that our God always keeps His promises. He will never ever leave you or forsake you. He is there in the midst of the storm. Hang on to His strength and show others what your God is made of.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.