Tuesday, July 10, 2012

God's Sovereignty and Your Storms

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage
Acts 27:21-44
25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”  Acts 27:25-26 (NKJV)

As Paul sailed toward his destiny in Rome, a storm came down upon his ship.  It was of such force that it threatened to sink them.  Paul, while fasting to seek God's will, declared that God had spoken to him and they would survive. 

God can give you the assurance that YOU WILL SURVIVE THE STORM.  This is the same God who CONTROLS the storm.  There is a mystery of God's sovereignty here.  Our God is able to move heaven and earth.  He is all-powerful.  He could STOP your storm.  Instead, He tells you -- He promises you that you will SURVIVE the storm.

Why does God operate in this fashion?  He promises and even quarantees our deliverance, but He does not destroy the challenges.  In fact, as we see in this passage, He tells Paul that he and his company will survive and prevail, but also a shipwreck lies ahead, too.  Why couldn't God just cancel the shipwreck?

God delights in teaching us to be OVERCOMERS.  He delights in teaching us to trust Him in the midst of chaotic surroundings.  That is the meaning of true victory -- not the absence of trials, but God's presence in the midst of trials.

God never promises to eliminate your storms.  He DOES promise that He will be power to you as you rise OVER the storm.

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