A storm caught a ship near a very rocky area off the coastline. Everyone on board worried because the vessel tossed to and fro in the dangerous waters. As fear gripped the passengers, one individual ran to the pilot house to see the captain. He peered through the glass and saw the captain lashed to his post. The experienced seaman made small steering adjustments through the treacherous water.

When the captain noticed the worried passenger, he turned and flashed a reassuring smile. That was all the passenger needed. He ran back and told the others they had nothing to fear, for the captain had smiled.

Many things in our world threaten to make us fearful. Unrest continues in Thailand, tensions are still high between North and South Korea, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has crippled the fishing industry in the Southern United States. Where is God amidst the unrest?

I would venture to say God is right where He has always been—at the helm of the ship of world affairs. He is directing every event, good or bad, which affects our world. He is also directing every event which affects your life. But as He steers us through the treacherous waters, He smiles and says, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Are you facing some personal trials right now? Is your family in crisis? Take courage, for your Captain is in control.

I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.