When Storms Rage – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Acts 27:13-26
Key Verse: Acts 27:20
The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.
Stables are messy; animals don’t mind but we humans want a clean and fresh environment.
Unfortunately, life is messy—God knows it better than we do. Jesus came to earth in a stable to make sure we remember that God understands the raw, harsh realities of this world. The storms of this life certainly do rage against us all at times.
Our story in Acts 27 tells us of a literal storm that the Apostle Paul was caught up in. It was a tough storm that went on for days. It was so bad that, as our printed key verse says, “…all hope was gone.” The men in charge of this ship were seasoned sailors, yet this storm got the best of them and they nearly gave up. If it wasn’t for God’s plan for Paul, they would have all died.
Why did God come to Paul so clearly and promise to get him through the storm rather than simply stopping the storm? God had calmed storms before and could have easily calmed this storm, giving everyone a rest. God had other plans for this storm; possibly these sailors needed to experience all that the storm would bring to help them believe in the one true God.
God may not calm your storm as you wish. Trust His plan; He will be with you no matter the circumstances.
Father, I will trust You even if the storm continues to rage. In Jesus’s name, amen.