Devotion

I Believe God

by Greg Laurie on Apr 4, 2005
Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God.

One night on a storm-tossed ship in the Mediterranean, the Apostle Paul headed toward Rome. He had been persecuted and imprisoned, and he was going to appear before Caesar for judgment. On the way, a horrendous storm came up. It was so bad that the sailors on the ship thought they were going to die. They hadn’t seen the sun or stars for days; they didn’t know where they were.

But Paul was able to stand up on the deck of that tempest-tossed ship and say to that fearful crew,

“I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 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.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” (Acts 27:22–26)

It’s a wonderful thing when we as Christians can say those words, “I believe God.”

It’s especially good to be able to say that in this crazy world that seems to get darker and stormier and even more wicked. In fact, we are living in a time when wrong seems to be right and right seems to be wrong. Everything is turned around.

But God is eternal, He never changes. He said to the Prophet Malachi, ” ‘I am the Lord, I do not change’ ” (Malachi 3:6). We can trust Him. Like the Apostle Paul, we can say, “I believe God.”

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