Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 29, 2019

“Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 27:1-26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+27&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort named Julius.  And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, we put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.  The next day we put in at Sidon;  and Julius treated Paul with consideration and allowed him to go to his friends and receive care.

But before very long there rushed down from the land a violent wind, called Euraquilo;  and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along.  Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship’s boat under control.  After they had hoisted it up, they used supporting cables in undergirding the ship;  and fearing that they might run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the sea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along.  The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo;  and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.  Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.

When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss.  Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.  For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul;  you must stand before Caesar;  and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’  Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.  But we must run aground on a certain island.”  Acts 27:1-3 and 14-26.

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“For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;  indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;  who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope.  And He will yet deliver us,”  2 Corinthians 1:8-10.

“4 “Trust in the LORD forever,
For in God the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.”  Isaiah 26:4.

“5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:5-8.

“8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
9 I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”  Psalm 52:8-9.

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it.  And the Lord gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them;  the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand.  Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed;  all came to pass.”  Joshua 21:43-45.


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