Join us for another Biblical discussion of important spiritual principles in partnership with Reliance! Brothers and sisters: do not abandon ship. Paul had a Word from God that gave him complete confidence amidst the storm. So many need that kind of word in order to have their faith strengthened. Otherwise it will be challenging for many to fend off the efforts of the enemy to sow discord, fear, and even suicide at this time. Regardless of what comes across our paths the proper response is to run to God. Remember what Jesus accomplished on the cross! Remember that He has triumphed over the grave! Remember the eternal hope that He provides. Make Jesus your Lord and do not abandon ship. The scriptures from this episode are from Acts 27 and Romans 8. We also cite William Gurnall’s book The Christian in Complete Armor.
This broadcast was produced in partnership with Prepper Broadcasting Network via a new collaborative effort Reliance: An Exploration of 21st Century Faith
On the Objective
Even when we are caught in a spiritual shipwreck we are still under God’s sovereignty. Even when we endure trials and hardships that occur when our counsel is ignored we must maintain the peace of God. Even when we don’t understand all the reasons and timing behind our shipwreck we serve a faithful Lord. Even when it appears that we are in an unexpected place where hope appears lost we are being prepared for the miraculous. Be nourished by the word of God and the promise that our trial will become our testimony. Jesus is no stranger to shipwreck, and Jesus is no stranger to the miraculous. It’s time to walk by faith brothers and sisters. Get up and go forward again in Christ with boldness and newness of purpose.
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
God leads us through storms, and He also leads us into them. Often a storm arises because of a failing to heed the Word of God, and as a society we cannot avoid reaping what we have sown. In the beginning days of our faith, like the disciples waking Jesus, we accuse God when we encounter a storm, especially one that we don’t understand. Lord give us the faith we need to endure and to provide an example, a powerful testimony, for this generation. Will we help others through their storms despite being adrift in our own? Will we shrink back and think only of ourselves as our natural inclination calls us to do? There is a purpose in the storm that we will face that is larger even than the ones we are facing in our own lives. Pray. Ask God for a word to prepare us to stand in faith. He is faithful!
Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.
But after long abstinence from food, 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.