He had courage in the face of a great storm, and so can we. Paul the apostle was aboard a ship, facing a horrific storm such that "all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned." (Acts 27.20) But, he received an angelic message of encouragement (Acts 27.24), and shared it will all on board. "Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told." (Acts 27.25).
A variety of storms assail all of us from time to time. Some are of the magnitude that Paul faced, where abandoning hope is a strong temptation. But, Paul's words are our encouragement: "Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told." And what we have been told is that all will eventually turn out in victory, through resurrection and the triumph of the kingdom of God. "For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison" (2 Corinthians 4.17).
Take courage today, even if the storm is severe. It will turn out exactly as you have been told.
©Steve Taylor, 2016 --Used by permission
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