This weekly devotional connects to the current Adult Sunday School series, “The Book of Acts.” Although it is related to the Sunday School curriculum, it is also designed to be meaningful to everyone.

Acts 27:23-26 MSG

I Believe God!

“Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve, saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet—and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.’ So, dear friends, take heart. I believe God will do exactly what he told me. But we’re going to shipwreck on some island or other.”

Paul set sail for Rome but encountered a severe storm of hurricane force that battered the ship and made any control of the vessel impossible. As the storm raged, the voyage became a desperate fight for survival. The crew jettisoned the ship’s tackle and cargo, released the lifeboat and even passed ropes under the ship to hold it together. After 14 days of weather so severe that neither sun nor stars were visible, all seemed lost. Then Paul stood up and gave the message from God.

Don’t give up.

I’m going to Rome.

All 276 with me will survive.

We need to understand that storms will come in our life today – financial, health, relationships. But we look to Paul’s message. Don’t give up. God will fulfill His plans for you. God sees and knows every one of us, and we need to encourage others. So, like Paul, we believe God and live in confidence.

God understands our fear. We may feel anxious and afraid in our storms, but if we look to God, He will strengthen and encourage us. He is there in times of fear and darkness, and He offers His Holy Spirit to guide us.

Your Weekly Prayer

God, we thank you that you are with us always. Please forgive us in moments of doubt. Help us to understand that there may be detours. Guide us to fulfill the mission You have planned for us. AMEN