“Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks they dropped four anchors from the stern. And they prayed for daylight.”
Over the last two weeks we have looked two anchors of truth that we need to remember when we are facing storms in life.
The first anchor we looked at was God’s PRESENCE.
Acts 27:23 “… an angel of God stood beside me…”
You may not see Him, but He sees you. You may think He’s a million miles away, but He sees you. He is with you. The storms of life cannot hide God’s face because He is always with us.
The second anchor we looked at was God’s PURPOSE.
Acts 27:24 “… Don’t be afraid… you must stand before Caesar..
God says to Paul, “Don’t be afraid. You must stand before Caesar. You’re going to have some skirmishes here and there. You may even get a little wet. But you are going to stand before Caesar. It is inevitable. It cannot be changed because I have a purpose for your life.
God’s purpose for your life is bigger than any storm you will ever face. The storms of life cannot change the purpose of God because it is ultimate.
The third anchor of truth is God’s PROMISE.
Acts 27:25 “So keep up your courage men, For I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.” Acts 27:25
God says to Paul “You are going to make it.”
COVID-19 has put all of us in a tough crisis. Each day new challenges pop up that make us feel like we are going under for the last time. What God is telling us through this passage is that we may lose the boat. We may lose some cargo. We may lose some tackle. We may even get soaking wet. But we are going to make it because of the promise of God. God said it there we are to believe it. We can remain confident through any crisis.
So then the question becomes what do I do while waiting for God to fulfill his promise? Vs 29 tells us that you pray for daylight. I love the fact that Paul was a Rascal Flats fan. You pray for daylight waiting on that morning sun.
Look at the results of throwing down anchors and praying for daylight.
V. 39 “When daylight came, they didn’t recognize the land but they saw a bay with a sandy beach where they decided to run the ship aground if they could.” And it says “They ran the ship aground, they all jumped overboard to swim to land” and in v. 44 “the rest were to get on planks in the water on pieces of the ship and in this way everyone reached the land in safety.”
They made it and so will we!!
This afternoon I will be sending out the information for Wednesday Night’s Love Does 365 Conference. Please try to make it. Your input is so valuable for Piedmont to continue to meet the deepest needs in our community.
Every Sunday in August for Love Does is Undie Sunday. The shelters are coming Wednesday to pick up the first round of undies. We have a busy week again out showing God’s love to the community. We are at Addison Elementary feeding the teachers this Thursday and we are making plans to feed the teachers at JJ Daniel Middle School, The Piedmont Academy and Learning Center as well as Gracepoint Academy. I will have dates for you as soon as we get them nailed down. All the dates will be on the Piedmont Church website under Serve.
I love all of you dearly!