VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

ACTS 27:25,26

 

ACTS 27:25,26 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”

 

AS PAUL WAS BEING TAKEN TO ROME TO BE TRIED BY CAESAR, THE SHIP WAS BEING TOSSED ABOUT IN A TERRIBLE STORM AND THEY HAD TO SACRIFICE FOOD SUPPLIES, THROWING THEM OVERBOARD TO LESSEN THE BURDEN ON BOARD. 

HANGING ONTO THINGS THAT ONLY ENCUMBER AND GET IN THE WAY OF WHAT GOD IS TRYING TO DO IS A MATTER OF SURRENDER. SOMETIMES, ESPECIALLY IN A CRISIS, EVEN THOSE THINGS THAT ONE WOULD NORMALLY BE VALIDATED FOR HAVING (I.E., AS IN JOBS, INVESTMENTS, ETC.), ONE MUST BE WILLING TO SURRENDER THOSE THINGS. WE HANG ONTO HIM WHEN THE SHIP’S GOING DOWN, NOT TO OUR MATERIAL, FINANCIAL, OR ANY OTHER WORLDLY TREASURES. 

ALSO, HOWEVER, PAUL WAS TELLING THE CREW TO TAKE HEART BECAUSE AN ANGEL OF GOD HAS VISITED HIM IN THE NIGHT, ADVISING HIM THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WOULD BE GREAT LOSSES, NO LIVES WOULD BE TAKEN. GOD HAD A PLAN AND ALL WOULD BE SPARED. PAUL WOULD REACH HIS DESTINATION AND BE TRIED BY CAESAR. HE WAS MAKING A STATEMENT OF FAITH IN THE GOD HE SERVED TO ALL THE UNBELIEVING MEMBERS OF THE CREW.

GOD IS IN CHARGE, EVEN NOW, IN THE MIDST OF WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE SHIP GOING DOWN, GLOBALLY, WE WHO ARE HIS CAN REST ASSURED THAT IN THE END HE WILL TAKE CARE OF US. WE ARE NOT TO WORRY ABOUT OUR INVESTMENTS, AND THE WORLD MARKETS CRASHING BECAUSE HE WILL PROVIDE FOR HIS OWN THROUGH IT ALL.

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