Monday, June 22, 2020
"I Believe God"
"I believe God." (Acts 27.25)
Faith is the first thing we bring in our recognition of God.
We could say that faith is the only essential thing in our recognition.
If we have faith all else will come under its shadow.
When we truly Believe we will surrender,
we will see the pathway of obedience,
we will find the way of love,
indeed we will find opened to us all the paths of Life.
Paul's experience in the storm is such a picture of life.
He was on a journey, with a God ordained purpose.
A ship was found, and wind to carry it.
And yet the unforeseen took over and battered all plans
until all was lost and even life was seen to be at an end.
"All hope"... how absolute ...
"all hope that we should be saved was taken away."
How it shows life's processes:
man alone cannot prevail,
our hopes and resources are shredded by reality.
The spiritual lies beyond the natural,
and nothing changes until all hope is gone.
God's message came to Paul, and he said to the sailors,
"wherefore" - because of this, "be of good cheer."
And Paul furthered his explanation saying
"I believe God, that it shall be."
This is always the secret.
We are always safe in the Word of God.
Faith in that which God has spoken always makes a way,
through all the storms,
through all the darkness,
through all the need,
and through all the fears.
God had spoken before the journey ever began,
"Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." (Acts 23.11)
Now Paul repeated the words to those around him, "be of good cheer."
What a picture - "Paul stood forth in the midst of them" -
stood to proclaim in the midst of the winds and the waves,
stood to proclaim when all others had abandoned hope.
How the words must have filled the space, "I BELIEVE GOD."
The waves had no more power to destroy for God had ordained otherwise.
All ship and cargo may be lost but not one life.
God is the giver of life, and the enemy cannot take it from God's children.
"My times are in Thy hand" ...says Psalm 31.13.
All our times...all the things which make up our lives,
are secure in His keeping.
And God will bring us also, safe through the storm.