No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he 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.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”- Acts 27:21-26 NLT
Have you ever been in a situation where it seems helpless and hopeless? Have you ever wondered where God is, and why God is doing this to you- or at the least, letting this happen to you? This is where we must believe God over our circumstances. Where we must believe what God is telling us verses what our natural senses are telling us. This was not some little deal, this was a big deal! They had been in this storm for a while, and Paul told them everybody was going to be OK- God told him. And they were OK for a while, but GOD DIDN’T FIX THINGS QUICK ENOUGH. Does this sound like your struggle?
Leader, About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near. They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep. At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight. Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship; they lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the front of the ship. But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, “You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard.” So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away. (Acts 27:27-32) Things didn’t happen quick enough so they decided to take things into their own hands, because God must have forgotten them. Where else in our lives do we do the same thing, Sarai? Genesis 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “The LORD has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. The thought, “Let me take control and make it happen”.
Conduit, there is a SPACE between the time of God’s promise of blessing and the actual blessing. What we do in that SPACE BETWEEN- shows our FAITH and our JESUS WALK! Abraham had 25 years between the promised blessing of God and the birth of Isaac. Paul and his shipmates had 14 days. There are anywhere from 3000-7000 promises that God gives us in His word, and God cannot lie, or He would cease being God. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. (And the rhetorical question we too must ask) Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began. (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2) For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11) Knowing this, ACT AS IF- AND: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Be like PAUL and TRUST IN GODS WORD! God’s WORD, will transform you from a Prisoner on your boat to the Captain of your SHIP! Amen.