Today’s Reading: Acts 27:21-44
God knew where the ship was going for He was directing the wind. The storm could have destroyed Paul and the ship but God used the storm to bring Paul to Island of Melita to preach the gospel and to heal the sick of that island.
God used Paul, even as a prisoner of Rome, from a shipwrecked ship, snake bitten, cold and wet, to perform the mission for which Paul was sent. Certainly this man was blessed and anointed by God! What a great testimony this would make!
God can turn our circumstances, our troubles, and our storms to our good also. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We can’t abandon what God has started. We cannot grow fearful of the storms that come against us. We can’t leave the safety of the church of God lest we are drowned in the sea of troubles around us. The storms won’t cease because we leave the ship. The storm will continue on until its fury is diminished, but God will see us through to the end.
Except we abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved! This is a strong warning for those who don’t want to be in church! I know that the church is people and wherever we come together in His name, Jesus will be there. We cannot forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
Each time we come together God feeds us the meat of His word and the Holy Spirit gives us encouragement and strength for the trouble we face. Where is the most likely place to meet with God’s people? It’s in the building we call the church – a building that houses the meeting of the real church.
You may seem over your head at times – swim on! You may get weak and weary but – swim on! You may get discouraged – hang on to the Lord and don’t let go! Keep on swimming! You may reach the shore feeling as though you have been through the greatest storm that life could give to you but you will make it through! Grab on to a piece of the ship! Hold on to the mast! Grab a piece of wood as it floats by! God will not let you go down for the count! He will always provide a way! God will send a piece of the ship to keep you afloat!