The verse of the day is Acts 27:25. “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.”
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The angry winds howled around the battered ship with fierce malice. The reeling vessel was barely held in place by a lone anchor dangling beneath the churning waves. On deck the captain and crew frantically tried to hold the ship together in the face of the hurricane by passing ropes underneath the straining hull. Thick darkness surrounded them and reached out inky fingers tightening around the men’s terrified hearts, squeezing out their last ounces of courage. The crew had thrown all the supplies overboard to lighten the ship’s load and they, weakened by lack of food, were beginning to lose hope of survival.
If only the captain had listened to Paul when he had warned that it was too late in the season to travel to Rome. The decision was made against Paul’s will and he, along with the rest of the crew, was now in danger of losing his life. Out of the gloom and darkness Paul heard a comforting voice. “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” As Paul repeated these words to the fearful men, they felt their courage return. God stepped into the storm and delivered the crew, and Paul finished the task that God had for him.
Many times in life we are put into difficult situations against our will. The bad decisions of others force us into places we never wanted to be, and we feel helpless to change the course of our life. Take courage! God’s will can never be thwarted by anything or anyone. If you listen, in the midst of the storm, you, like Paul, can hear His voice saying, “Keep up your courage, men! Trust Me!”