“Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told to me.” Acts 27 v 25
I love the story in Acts 27 about how Paul was shipwrecked. This was a massive storm folks. It says that they did not see the sun, nor the stars, for “many days” and went fourteen days without food. The sailors, the soldiers and the prisons were all scared for their lives. It was a huge, overwhelm, life threatening storm. I imagine they were wet and salty and dirty and hungry and tired. And then Paul gets up and promises them all two hundred and seventy-four of them will survive, not only survive but not a hair on their heads lost, but they can’t use the life boats, they must wait and swim ashore.
Swim ashore, in the dark stormy sea? When a man of faith gives a rallying speech about it you feel yourself filling up with faith and can believe just about anything. But when you have to stand on the side of a ship, with the waves destroying the boat in behind you and you have to jump into the raging waters below that you can more hear than see… Now that’s real faith.
We all go through places in our lives where our faith has to become an action, when we have to jump overboard, trusting that God will get us from the craziness of the ship to the calmness of the beach, just as He promised.
I trusted God when I jumped off the ship of “cooling off period” for buying my house and into the sea of “waiting for finance approval”. It was a time when approvals were taking up to four to five times longer than normal as thousands of people jammed the system, trying to take advantage of government stimulus packages. It was a crazy move but a definite step of faith because God told me He will give me this house. Yes He did. And so I took heart “for I believe God that it will be just as it was told to me.” Once again God kept His promise and the house became mine 🙂
Has there been a time in your life when you have had to jump into a black stormy sea of faith and simply trusted in God’s promises? If so, please tell us about it in the comments below.
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