A tempestuous head wind arose…when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. – Acts 27:14, 20 NKJV
The people aboard the ship had every reason to be afraid. They were being battered by furious winds, and dangerous waves bashed against the boat. The desperate conditions continued day after day with no end in sight.
Struggling to survive, many became discouraged and were ready to give up, even Paul’s traveling companion Luke. It seemed there was no hope that they would be saved.
In the midst of this crisis, Paul remained calm. He urged the passengers to “take heart,” promising that “there will be no loss of life” (v. 22). He was so confident because an angel had appeared to him and told him not to be afraid, and “God has granted you all those who sail with you” (v. 24).
Paul absolutely believed this promise and trusted in God to deliver them. He declared his belief that “it will be just as it was told me” (v. 25). They heeded Paul’s directions and were saved.
We may go through many types of storms in our lives. Like the men on that ship, we can be tempted to give up or give in to fear. These are moments to remember God’s promises, to renew our faith in Him, to call on Him to express our concerns and fears, and to be confident in Him, whatever the circumstances.
Right now, no matter what you are going through, have faith in God! Trust Him!
PrayerFather, give me peace in the midst of every situation I face. I seek Your help and protection. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingActs 27