Father, make a difference in my heart that’s daily evident in my life.
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“Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the ‘northeasterner,’ swept down from the island. The ship was caught in the storm … When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved …
“After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: … I urge you to you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed … God has graciously given [me] the lives of all who sail with [me]. 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.” (v 14, 20-26 NIV)
One of the interesting things here, Lord, is that these people most likely wouldn’t have been IN this storm at all if they had listened to Paul’s advice about finding a safe harbor (v 9-12, 21). Yet, the centurion chose not to listen to someone he could’ve thought to be a “nobody” and listened to some who were “somebodies” in his eyes (v 11).
Even after he wasn’t listened to the first time, Paul didn’t give up on the people. The storm grew heavy and the outlook bleak, and then You stepped in to bolster up Paul’s strength. You strengthened him, so he could strengthen others.
How many storms have You taken me through, Lord? How many did I end up in the path of because I kept writing off the nudgings of others to stay near to You, to stay in Your Word, and to acknowledge You?
When I have been in those storms, You’ve sent Your very own messengers to point me to You, to remind me that You alone are the One who can ensure that “not one of you will be lost.” Continue to instill in me the kind of faith that Paul had to be able to confidently say, “I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me” (v 26). Make my faith strong, so that I can be an encourager to others caught up in the storm. Amen.