“and [angel] said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’” Acts 27:24Acts 27:24
When it rains it pours, right? At least that’s what it feels like some days. And for Paul in Acts 27 it literally feels that way. A storm was bombarding their ship on their way to Rome. Everyone on board from the crew to the passengers were concerned for their lives.
Paul brought peace to everyone in sharing what the angel of God told him. The angel, a messenger of God, shared with Paul that they will arrive safely to Rome. They did not need to fear for their lives. God was protecting them through it all. The storm was not going to win.
Storms in life arise unexpectedly. Loss of job. Family/friendship difficulties. Illness diagnosis. Financial problems. Loss of a dream.
It feels as though peace has packed its bags to go on a long vacation far away from where we are. The feeling of being overwhelmed has taken up residence in its place. What can one do in that case?
Peace from God is available to you today.
As God was with Paul during the storm God is with you in whatever storm you are facing. You are not alone. Jesus stands beside you bringing peace to your heart. While the storm rages on know that Jesus gives you calm through it all. There is no need to worry about what is coming next. Jesus is seeing you through the storm.
So whenever you are in a storm turn to Jesus and ask Him for His peace to fill you completely. Seek comfort in His arms knowing that:
- You are not alone
- He is protecting you
The storm may remain but God is walking with you through it.
Paul’s life and ministry serves as an encouragement to us today. We learn how God calls & equips everyone to share their faith story. We grow in strength through adversity by fixing our eyes on Jesus instead of the world. We stand in peace through any storm of life with Jesus by our side.
This Week’s Challenge:
On a notecard/post-it write down a storm in your life. On the other side write a prayer to Jesus asking for His peace through it. Place it in a location where you see it to remind you of God’s peace.