Peace In The Midst Of Storms
Rest assured that life is not all calm and smooth sailing; there will be storms, and perhaps a shipwreck along the way. We are in the midst of a Coronavirus storm right now. Life can be hazardous and very often treacherous. How do we navigate these storms?
In Acts 27: 1-26 Paul and his company are caught in a storm of typhoon proportion for several days. Paul had warned the ship’s officer’s, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on-shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries, and danger to our lives” (v. 10), but the sailors thought they could make it (v. 13). How often, when we are in the midst of a storm in life, do we discount God’s Word, in favor of our own selfish desires or designs, thinking we can make it by ourselves?
The weather is not always sunny. Storms will come, count on it. When they do come, we must endure them with faith, understanding that eventually a brighter day will come, if not in this life, in the one to come. After all, this world is not our home, we are just passing through.
Remember, in verse 21, Paul said, “Men. You should have listened to me in the first place…You would have avoided all this injury and loss.” By the same token, we should listen to God. Like Paul who said, “I believe in God. It will be just as He said” (Vs. 25, 26), we should put our confidence in what God has said. Others will eventually disappoint us, but if we listen to Him, and abide in what He has said, it will end well with us.
We learn that if we leave God out of our life and plans, our life and plans are doomed to failure. When the skies are dark, and the winds are howling, and we seem to be at the end of our rope, we just need to tie a knot in the end of the rope and hang on. Think on these things.