The verse of the day is Acts 27:25. “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.”
The angry winds howled around the battered ship with a malicious ferocity. The creaking and reeling vessel was dragging its sea anchor beneath the churning waves in hopes that it would slow them enough to help them withstand the storm. On deck the captain and crew frantically tried to hold the ship together in the face of the hurricane by passing ropes underneath the straining hull.
Thick darkness surrounded them and reached out inky fingers tightening around the men’s terrified hearts, squeezing out their last ounces of courage. The crew had thrown most of the supplies, and then the ship’s equipment, overboard to lighten the load and they, weakened by lack of food, were beginning to lose hope of survival.
If only the captain had listened to Paul when he had warned that it was too late in the season to travel to Rome. The light wind that had blown in from the south as they left their last docking was a harbinger for the storm that was to come. The decision to raise anchor had been made against Paul’s wise counsel and he, along with the rest of the crew, was now in danger of losing his life.
Out of the gloom and darkness Paul heard a comforting voice. “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.”
As Paul repeated these words to the fearful men, they felt their courage return. After the crew and passengers had withstood the ferocious storm for fourteen days and nights, God delivered them safely. After a time of effective ministry to the inhabitants of the island of Malta where all 276 passengers of the ill-fated voyage had landed, Paul eventually was able to continue his journey and finish the task that God had for him.
Many times in life we are put into difficult situations, even if it is not our fault. The bad decisions of others force us into places we never wanted to be. We feel helpless to change the course of our life. Take courage! God’s will can never be thwarted by anything or anyone. Wait for Him.
Minister from where God has placed you. And if you listen, in the midst of the storm, you, like Paul, can hear His voice saying, “Keep up your courage, men! Trust Me!”
Sandra Sheridan writes verses to her children daily. She will share them once a week with our readershp.