Not Always The Way We Think….But Take Courage

14th July

and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in His goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”

Acts 27:24-26

After many years in prison, and after long and tiresome court cases, Paul’s request, as a Roman citizen, to stand trail before Caesar in Rome, was finally heard. However, yet again, Paul’s journey was not without drama. As they made their way from Caesarea to Rome, a great wind arose, and threatened to capsize and even destroy the ship they were on. Yet Paul knew that his journey would not end by dying in a shipwreck. He had been beaten, imprisoned and persecuted, and each time, God had rescued him from death. Re-assured by an angel of God during the night, Paul was once again encouraged, that although a storm was crashing in around him, he would survive and not die. Paul was full of faith in God’s promises. ‘For I believe God. It will be just as He said!’

Sometimes, even though God speaks to us and shows us clearly of the path we are to take, when hurdles arise, we can easily become discouraged and feel like giving up. But just as Paul took courage in God’s promises, so should we. Things might not always go the way we planned or the way we think they should. In fact sometimes, they might look like they are going in the opposite direction to what God had revealed to us, but if our trust and hope is firmly in God, then we have no reason to fear or doubt. We can be full of courage and confidence, knowing that God is with us every step of the way. We can join Paul and say, ‘For I believe God. It will be just as He said!’

2 thoughts on “Not Always The Way We Think….But Take Courage

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s