FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.
Tip #5: Hold On and Don’t Give Up!
We see in this passage that Paul’s prediction of this journey’s end finally materializes; they find land and safety. God’s promise to Paul and to the sailors has proven to be true: that all were brought safely to the land. So tip #5 for surviving storms is this: HOLD ON AND DON’T GIVE UP.
The journey up to this point has NOT been easy: a vicious storm that has tossed their ship to and fro, 14 days without seeing the sun and the stars, and no food for 14 days. And finally, they make it. They get through the storm. So what was Paul holding onto during this journey? It was the promise of God. That God had spoken to him clearly, that he would survive and he took God at his word!
It is the same for us today. We have not experienced a direct verbal word from the Lord through an angel, but we do have PERSON and PROMISES to cling to. The Person to whom we cling is Christ Jesus. We cling to him as our source and sustainer, our rock, and as the one who will one day make all things new. The promise to which we cling is the Word of God. God has spoken clearly to us and he has not stuttered. So, if you are looking to hear a word from God: OPEN YOUR BIBLE. We have a person and promises to cling to.
When we cling to the person of Jesus Christ and the promises of God’s Word it gives us perspective and strength to hold on and not give up amidst the storms of this life.
Take some time to open your Bible and ask God to speak to you in a clear way!
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Acts 27:43-44 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We pray today that we would cling to Christ Jesus. There is no one better, no one like Him. We praise him today as our steady and sure foundation. We pray that we would also cling to your Word, your sufficient, inerrant word. Thank you that you have spoken to us, especially in our times of need! We trust you once again today, Lord. We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.