Daily Devotion - January 27, 2021 - In the Eye of the Storm

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – January 27, 2021
Reading: Acts 27:21-26
Weekly Theme: The Authority of God’s Word
Today: In the Eye of the Storm

In the state of North Carolina, we sure have seen our share of storms. We are in the crosshair each year between June and November and have weathered many hurricanes, tropical storms, and down pours and all the subsequent flooding, wind damage and chaos created by them. We listen to the meteorologists and the warnings, yet many still choose to stay put amidst the storm. When we are in the midst of the storm, we sometimes may feel paralyzed with fear. I recall this feeling during one of the more recent hurricanes we experienced over the past 3 years. As a result of the hurricane, several tornadoes were touching down within a five-mile radius of where I live. The power was out and thankfully I had a battery-operated radio and my phone to keep me abreast of the path of the tornadoes. I hunkered down in the hallway and began to pray. I was afraid but I turned that fear over to God who gave me peace. Before I knew it the tornadoes had passed through and were no longer a threat. God was in control in the eye of the storm.

In the reading today, the apostle Paul and other Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith have just stood before King Agrippa, Governor Bernice, and their entourage to defend themselves. The king and governor decided that Paul and his followers had done nothing worthy of imprisonment and put them on a ship headed for Italy. They switched ships and their journey continued right into the middle of a bad storm as today’s passage begins. Prior to the ship's launching, Paul had advised the crew of the ship to not set sail from Crete, but they had not listened. All people on the ship were hungry, tired, and scared. Paul does not pass up the opportunity to remind the ship’s crew of his advice but then urges and encourages them to take courage.  He assures them there will be no loss of life and tells them that he is speaking words that came to him from God through an angel.  With great assurance he shares the message God has given him, “Do not be afraid”. His advice to them is to (1) take courage (2 believe God and (3) it will be as God says. Then comes the words of caution: “But first we have to run aground on some island”.

Paul spoke with authority that came to him from God and knew God had a mission for him. Paul would not die until that mission was completed. God spoke to him through a messenger to reassure him and he was able to take courage, believe and trust that if God says it, it will be. In the eye of the storms we face, do we have the faith in God that Paul had? Are we courageous, trusting and confident in the authority of God’s word and to follow his command “Do not be afraid” even if we know we will face challenges?

Dear God, thank you for the assurance we can have in Your words “Don’t be afraid”. Help us to take courage, believe your authoritative words and know it will be as You say. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

 
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