In the midst of the storm, he was tossed. A prisoner shackled by iron, but not held down in his faith. The Apostle Paul has been through some rough patches in life but even now he stands by his faith, and says, “I believe God!” (Acts 27:25; NKJV, read Acts 27).
There are moments when life will make you scratch your head with wonder, thinking, “What the world is going on around here? I have stood the ground of faith. I have walked the path of the Lord, and yet, now I am facing a ferocious storm that wants to capsize everything I believe in. I face waves of adversity come without notice and slam against my body, my mind, and my heart. What’s going on?!”
If you have never faced that head scratching, heart-searching moment, then I celebrate with you. But, if you, like most of us, have stood on the bow of the boat, with a raging storm all around; thundering, lightning, and the very real fear that in a moment’s notice everything could go really wrong really quickly, then you know the quandary it places you in: give up and forget everything that has gotten you to where you are; or, secure yourself for the ride and hold on.
The Apostle Paul chose to do just that. The storm hadn’t changed. As a matter of fact, it grew worse. Yet, he anchored himself in God. Paul held on to the promise of God and boldly stated, “I believe!”
In God’s Word is light and strength to hold on to during the darkest and stormiest of days and nights. Some days require more encouragement than others. Some nights need the comfort of God holding you so close through His matchless words that say, “I am here for you. You are not alone. Come, find comfort and solace in Me and rest your weary soul.”
When He says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you,” (Deut. 31:8; NLT); Father God, help us to lay down the discouragement that tries to speak against Your promise.
When His Word speaks, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds,” (Psalm 147:3); Father God, help us to find comfort in You and trust that you are healing this situation right now; that Your hand is still bandaging these wounds the world tries to inflict upon us.
When Jesus declares, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28; NIV); Father God, help us to cast these burdens and worries at Your feet and accept the peace that You want for us in our hearts.
Like the Apostle Paul, we have to choose to believe God over what’s raging around us. Storms are frightening and life can be tumultuous, but Father God, help us to hold on to You, and just believe.