“Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the “northeaster,” swept down from the island.” (Acts 27:14) (read vs. 1-44)
The ship Paul was sailing on to Rome was wrecked by a storm named Euroclydon, meaning typhoon, tempest, or cyclone. Here are some valuable lessons we can learn from his experience and how God provides resources in tribulation:
- God can make a bad situation work for your good. Because of this shipwreck, Paul ended up in Malta, where the people heard the gospel for the first time. Plus, when he and his followers “departed, they provided such things as were necessary” (Acts 28:10). Sometimes your problem can provide a platform for God to work in ways that’ll amaze you. Your future isn’t, nor ever will be, in the hands of people. It’s in God’s hands, and what He owns He protects and provides for.
- To reach your God-ordained destination you’ll have to sail through storms. Paul said, “All hope that we would be saved was finally given up” (Acts 27:20). There’ll be days when you wonder how you’re going to make it, but by God’s grace you will (see Psalm 37:34).
- Storms reveal how well you know the Lord. Paul said, “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul'” (Acts 27:23-24). In hard times you discover the strength of your connection to God.
- He can bring success from what looks like failure.
You may have to throw some things overboard to reach your destination. Despite your best efforts, occasionally you’ll run aground. That’s when you must remember what God promised you — and stand on it.
Heavenly Father, help me remember that in the storms of life You work Your advancement in my life if I continue to trust You IN my storms. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.