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October 24, 2013

An Anchor in the Storm

When you turn to the anchor, Jesus Christ, He gives you courage to make it through the storm. When everything is changing, we can look to the One who never changes.

In Acts 27:21-26 we read, “After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘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.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.’” 

Once he was given insight, Paul was filled with courage and was able to encourage the men. He said, “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me…He gave me a promise, and I’m clinging to the promise.” Did you know there are over 7,000 promises in the Bible? You need to know them and cling to them because God always keeps his promises. Paul said, “He told me we’re all going to be okay so you need to take courage. We might get wet, we may lose the cargo, we may lose the boat, but we’re going to be okay.” God tells you that today. You’re unshakable. You might lose some things that are important to you, but you’re going to make it with God’s power.

God always works in our lives regardless of how circumstances look. Here we see that He allowed the ship, something of great material value, to be lost. But he chose to spare the lives of the men because they were of far greater value to God. It was God’s will that Paul stand trial before Caesar and nothing was going to change that. God has a plan for each of our lives that no crisis can alter.