“So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.” Acts 27:25
“If Only” it where that easy.
I’ve been finding myself draw to certain passages of scripture that have a common thread, boats.
In our Men’s study group it was the account of Jesus calming the storm at the end of Mark chapter 4. The key verse was “Let us go across to the other side”. The faith lesson was the fact that Jesus said that they “would“ go to the other side. This comes on the heels of Jesus teaching them about faith. It seems when faced with a storm the question that comes to mind is similar to the one that was asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Next, was when Jesus walked on water in mark 6. Again after being with Jesus and seeing all He has done they find themselves struggling in the boat. “And He saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them.” Jesus to the rescue, “He came to them, walking on the sea”. “For they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” How many times I am in a storm and when I recall what the Bible says I’m more fearful then trusting.
The third account was in Acts chapter 27. Paul is a prisoner and is being transported to Italy. After fourteen days at sea, throwing most of their resources overboard and rumors of the solders plans to kill the prisoners rather than allowing them to escape, Paul remembers what God had told him, “Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you”. So, when all else fails these men take Paul’s advice when he tells them, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”
It’s as easy as that, “If Only”.
Has God spoke to you through His word and the fears of trusting are causing you to “jump ship”? Join me as we pray that we would be found staying in the boat and hearing God say “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Amen! Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy, a full-time staff member at America’s Keswick and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This: The world does need changing, society needs changing, the nation needs changing, but we never will change it until we ourselves are changed. And we never will change until we look into the mirror of our own soul and face with candor what we are inside. Billy Graham
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2