Wednesday, July 9
Posted: Wednesday, July 9
1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
Verse of the Day:
18 The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard. 20 The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone. (Acts 27: 18, 20 (NLT))
In today’s reading, a couple of things occur to me.
One is about life on this earth. Our lives are like the boat in that ocean in today's reading. At first the weather seems fine, almost perfect. So we shove off and proceed with life. We never know what storms we may encounter or face. However, one thing is certain, storms are out there. Faith in God is essential to weathering those storms. Through God we gain the courage and hope we need to face them. Paul inspires us through his actions when, after this storm had been raging for days, he tells the sailors that God will stand by him. God can turn disaster into deliverance and hopelessness to hope. In these storms, though our faith is tested, it always grows.
The second thought that comes to mind pertains to the importance we place in trusting God. During Paul’s voyage, after the storm hit, the sailors did not know exactly where they were. They had not seen the stars or sun for several days. In that time in history, navigation was not done with a compass but by the stars and sun. When the sailors had not seen either, they were lost. This sense of helplessness is what we feel when our faith in God is weakened by our circumstances. When this happens to us, it is as though we are walking in darkness; it’s a terrible feeling—but there is hope!
Paul sets a great example for us, (and those sailors), by not losing hope and faith in God during that storm. So in the face of the storms that threaten you peace and hope, trust in the promises of God—He will see you through.
Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor