10 Jul 2018

In the Midst of the Storm

by Richard Reed

Start by reading…1 Chronicles 9:1 - 10:14Acts 27:21-44Psalm 8:1-9Proverbs 18:23-24

In our Acts passage we read that Paul is on his way to Rome as a prisoner. He urges the crew not to set sail from a certain port as the conditions are unfavourable, but they ignore his wise advice. A tempest ensues and it appears all will perish. Fear strikes everyone except Paul.

In Acts 27:23-24 he says:

“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.”

All looks lost, but Paul stands and declares the word of the Lord: “Do not be afraid… God has granted you all.” Spoken through Paul, these words become a shining light; the hope in a dark place.

There will be times when we ignore wise advice and choose our own paths. God places people in our way to give direction. Don’t dismiss it, but always consider and test it. We will all go through storms and sometimes it’s difficult to picture the outcome. At your lowest ebb, Christ is in the storm with you. Look for Him and receive His word over your life.

Psalm 118:5-6 says:

“I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Pause and reflect: When our enemies are approaching from all sides it’s vital to know God’s will and direction for your life. In the midst of the storm Paul knew his destiny and received God’s word; not only for himself, but for those travelling with him. If youre in the storm today Christ is there with you. Just look for him.

Richard Reed
Richard Reed

Richard and his wife Mandie have four children. He has worked for an IT financial servicing company for more than twenty years, working with all the major banks in the UK. He has been a lay preacher for twenty years and is trained as a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) money coach. Richard is on the core leadership team at Victory Church Cwmbran and is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and seeing them released from financial burdens.

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