Storms Will Come
By Dustin Williams
Storms Will Come…but we must look toward the outcome!
“…then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, “‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.” Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.’” Acts 27:21-26 (NKJV)
It’s not a matter of “if” the storms of life will come, it’s a matter of “when” they will come. And boy do storms come. Challenges, hardships and losses never come at opportune times. They come when you aren’t ready. They come at the worst times. Why? Because storms are unpredictable and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Storms hit all of us regardless of titles, bank accounts, race or religion. In my last message to the church I pastored, I used the text from Acts 27. Paul and Luke we’re heading to Rome to stand before Caesar, which would be key to the conversion of the great Roman Empire. But, as they were heading for Rome, their ship was caught in a northeaster.
Northeasters are massive storms. For several days they were tossed about every which way and they were ready to give up.
What felt hopeless was actually just another way for God to show up and show off. Paul was visited by an angel and he was told that they would all survive. He relayed the message and told everyone to keep their courage up. A prisoner, stuck in a boat of tough Roman officers, was now encouraging them. I love the way God works! Long story short, every man survived the shipwreck and Paul had an opportunity to heal a man in Malta that was dying. As a result of the storm, as a result of the shipwreck, many were healed and heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. God will use storms to propel us into His perfect plan. What started as an unexpected detour, turned into an unexpected awakening on the island of Malta.
So, I leave you with this thought. Storms will happen because they need to happen so that we can one day be able to say we are glad they happened.
Have you ever been to the point of giving up?
Have you ever felt like the storm won’t end?
Can you look back at your life and see a storm you went through that you can honestly say you were glad you went through because of the eventual outcome? Share your thoughts by commenting below.
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