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Weathering the Storms of Life

by Greg Laurie on Mar 20, 2020

Sometimes we think that when we’re in the will of God, our lives will be free of problems. We expect open doors, green lights and blue skies.

But many times it’s the opposite. Doors slam in our faces, obstacles appear in our paths, and storms threaten to blow us off course.

If you’re seeking to obey the Lord, expect opposition. Expect obstacles. Expect difficulties. But also expect that God will see you through.

There was no obstacle big enough to stop the apostle Paul. As we look at his life, we see that he always seemed to rise above his circumstances. When he encountered storms (both literally and figuratively), he knew that God had shown him what to do. And he would let nothing deter him from that course.

In Acts 27 we find Paul facing a literal storm. Paul, in Roman custody, had been placed on a ship with other prisoners bound for Italy. He had warned the officers not to take that particular route. But they ignored his advice and took it anyway. As a result, they were in great trouble—so much so that they thought the ship would break apart.

So Paul told them, “Take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 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” (verses 22–25 NLT).

When Paul originally warned them that this was a foolish choice, they obviously thought he didn’t know anything about sailing. But when the storm hit and it looked as though they wouldn’t make it, suddenly Paul’s words had a new ring of authority in their ears.

Paul knew the storm was coming, and they did not. He warned them about the storm, but they ignored his warning. And when the storm hit, they began to despair.

In the same way, Christians know something that a lot of nonbelievers don’t know. Some people think that humanity will create its own utopia, will solve its own problems and bring about a new world order. They think that all nations of the world one day will live in peace and harmony. But any student of the Scriptures knows this won’t be the case.

We know that politicians will not solve all of our problems. We know that the nations will not be able to resolve all of their differences and live in harmony. We know that judgment is ultimately coming, And we warn people about it, just as Paul warned the people on his ship.

Paul knew a storm was coming. But even when they ignored his warnings, Paul didn’t lose hope. “Take courage!” he told them. “For I believe God. It will be just as he said” (verse 25 NLT).

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