035: When the Storms of Life Hit Hard

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Jan 21 2019 13 mins  

Storms are an inevitable part of life. If we pay attention, they can teach us valuable lessons about God and life. Acts 27 is a chapter that provides great insights on how to navigate storms.

When Paul and his companions were in the thick of the storm verse 20 says: “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.”

Hopelessness came on them as they had to sail blind—on the open sea. With no navigational tools on the open seas, their only means of getting their bearings was the sun and stars. But even those hadn’t appeared for may days. 

Has anybody been there? Tossed about by the storms of life with nothing to help you navigate. You feel weak and eventually helpless. The passengers on the ship had thrown the cargo and tackle overboard to lighten the load. But it appears they’d thrown their hope away with it as well. 

Paul’s attitude about the storm provides so many teachable moments for believers.

In life, contrary winds are par for the course. When Paul, the prisoners, and sailors set out for sea, little did they know what would befall them. But in the middle of that storm, they had one word from God to hold on to.

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