Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 27
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
The storms of life reveal what people are made of. Paul’s shipwreck experience showed his strong character. Paul was made of the right stuff! First, Paul sensed danger in making the journey. Sailing was dangerous during certain times of the year and Paul urged the leaders not to attempt a voyage until after winter, but to no avail. Upon sailing it wasn’t long before the ship was caught in a terrible storm. Paul sought the Lord and found courage to face the danger. The Lord stood by him and encouraged not to fear. God intervened and spared the lives of everyone on board. Paul cared for others and stood in the gap for them in prayer. In a crisis some people have an “every man for himself” mentality, but not Paul. God spared these passengers because of the intercessory prayers of the Apostle Paul. If you find yourself in a crisis today, look to God for courage and do not fear. Pray and intercede in behalf of others who may also be impacted by the storm.
Prayer: “Dear Father, give us wisdom and strength in our storms today, and a heart for others. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron