December 8th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Have you ever had one of those experiences where you knew you shouldn’t do something, or maybe someone told you you shouldn’t do something, but you did it anyway? And even though you knew you shouldn’t do it, and you did it anyway, it flopped just like you thought it might and now you have a bigger problem than you did before? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s done that!

In Acts 27 we read of the Apostle Paul doing some traveling by ship. But the season of the year is not necessarily good traveling weather and Paul tells them they shouldn’t set out to sea. Storms are brewing. The winds are in the wrong direction. The crew starts to panic and one day, it get’s so bad, they start throwing some of the cargo overboard and the next day, they’re throwing the ship’s gear overboard. They were stuck in this inclement weather for a long time. As a matter of fact, this is what we read…
“A strong wind kept blowing, and we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” Acts 27:20 CEV

Then, while they’re still in danger, Paul stands up and says these encouraging words…
“You should have listened to me!” Acts 27:21 CEV

It was like saying, “I told you so!” Don’t you just hate that! But he was right! These guys put themselves in this predicament, much like we do. How many times have we allowed the storms of situations, the rain showers of regrets, the thunder of trials, the lighting of lies or the darkness of depression keep us from getting where we should be? How many times have you pulled off the side of the road in life when you were in the middle of the storm and wasted time wondering if you were ever going to see the light of day again? How much have you missed in life because you were afraid of the storm? How many times have you canceled plans because life looked bad and the clouds darkened your world? How many of you have lost sleep or gone to sleep because of the inclement weather in your life only to wake up the next morning and see that the storm passed by you? I can’t be the only one! I know I’m not the only one. But what I do know, is some of us have wasted too much time, battling the storms when we should be trusting our God.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I don’t know who this is for, or what’s happening in your life, but hear what Paul told the crew and is telling you right now…
“Cheer up! I am sure that God will do exactly what He promised.” Acts 27:25 CEV

They reached shore – so will you!

Father,

Thank You for saving me even when it looks like I’m out of reach. Thank You for getting me safely to shore. In Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen