David Hartgrove, Pastor, Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God
In the book of Acts concerning Pauls journey to Rome on a ship, a terrible storm arises. The storm is so fierce for several days and is given a name by the crew translated “Northeaster”. Even where we live today a “Northeaster” would be considered a potentially dangerous or at the very least, a hard storm.
God gave Paul assurance that Paul and the occupants of the ship would make it safely to a certain island. Even though the ship was broken up, Paul and the occupants did get to shore safely on the Island we know today as Malta. The people of the island were very kind to Paul and all the men from the ship. Paul even had a creature latch on his hand. He shook it off into the fire and the natives were amazed that he did not die from the bite. Paul was able to share the gospel with the natives and even saw some healing miracles occur. Eventually Paul made it to Rome as God had promised but not without trials including time in prison because of the proclamation of the gospel.
Even as Paul, we have storms occur in our lives. At times, it may seem as though we will not make it through the storms that life brings. Certainly, God desires that we enjoy life and that our lives are filled with joy, but even a believer in the Lord Jesus will experience trials, tests, and problems in the midst of our day to day lives. If we have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, His cross, and His resurrection, then God will give the grace and strength to go through the storms of lives. Many times we have been obedient to God yet still experience terrible storms in life. Through all the storms Paul went through, God was faithful to be with Him and help him. Whatever storm you are going through, pray, trust God, let Him hold your hand, and He will bring you through the storms of life victoriously.