Calming Your Storms
“But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.”
Acts 27 describes an incredible storm that the apostle Paul, and his shipmates faced as they traveled to Rome. Even though everyone on board the ship was frightened, Paul stayed calm during the storm, as he trusted and had faith in God. I would like to ask each of you today, what do you do when you face storms in your life, and you don’t know what is going to happen? There are three things that I believe each of us need to do when we face our own storms. The first is to pray. Speak directly to God about your concerns, not because God does not already know what is going on in your life, but because this is what He commands us to do. Throughout the scriptures we are told to pray about the matters of our hearts, and God always listens to His people. The second thing we need to do, is work, and do what we can to handle the situation. God has given each of us certain abilities, skills and gifts, and has placed people around us, with the abilities to help us deal with our situations. Use these God given resources to the fullest, to deal with your problems. The third thing you need to do, is wait on God. God wants us to trust Him for the answer to our problems. Waiting on God means putting your trust in Him, and waiting for His timing. Even though we pray, and do the best we can to solve our problems, we never know what God’s plan is for our lives. This is where we must learn to wait for His perfect timing. So whatever storm you may be facing today, pray about it, work and use God’s gifts to fix what you can, and then wait for God.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Four