Ok, I’m back to Acts! And the adventurous sea journey that is underway. The ship with Paul and his companions has been sailing for a few days and has made several stops along the way. The weather has been pretty harsh making for slow sailing. So bad in fact that in vs. 9 Paul voices his concerns that it is too dangerous to try to continue. But since that particular harbor, for whatever reasons, was not considered a suitable place to wait out the weather the majority ruled against waiting. As soon as it seemed there was a break in the winds, they put out to sea again.
Only to end up in the middle of one horrendous storm! Euroclydon Paul called it. A cyclonic tempestuous northeast wind which blows in the Mediterranean. It had their ship in it’s grip and wasn't letting go. They weren't going anywhere but where it dictated. Tempest tossed to the point of giving up hope that they would survive. The circumstances were forcing them to the reality that the outcome was completely out of their hands. There was NOT a thing they could do at this point but hold on, ride out the storm, expect the worst and hope for the best; while certain that they were going to die.
So was it a wrong choice on their part? Perhaps so.
Oh, yes. There is God. He is real. He is mindful of the affairs of men. Those men who believe Him as well as those who don’t! Paul believes! As we have witnessed previously and again as he confesses: “I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” And what has he been told?
Read his account: “And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For There stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid Paul; you must be brought before Caesar and God has granted you all those who sail with you.” (Acts 27:22-25)
What a message. Paul, don’t be afraid! Remember I (God) have told you that you are going to stand before Caesar to tell Him about me. (Acts 9:15, 22:21, 23:11) You will make it there safely and by the way, I will answer your prayer and assure you that all who are on the boat with you will also survive! The power of believing prayer! The power of a God who can bring about good even in the midst of seemingly wrong choices!
Confirms Romans 8:29: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Paul trusts that the Lord’s words are true and He goes forward in confidence. Telling the other men as well: “Do not be afraid… I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”
What about you? Do you have the security and confidence of Paul as you are tossed about on the seas of life? Have the winds of adversity forced you to the reality that you ultimately have no control over circumstances?
Take heart! For you can live in the realm of that security as Paul does.
But, yes, it requires...
... believing God.
You see, Paul’s security is not based on the physical elements of what can be seen or our strength and ability to control but on the spiritual truth of
* faith in Christ, God’s Son. Faith that provides not only security regarding our eternal destination, but also security in this life - of knowing His presence is with you as you go through the storms. He never promised to miraculously direct our lives to the extent that we would never face difficulties again in this physical life. NO. His promise was to secure our spiritual eternal destination while providing His daily grace until this mortality takes on immortality. And until then - * praise Him in the storm, knowing He is there! No matter where you are.