Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, was talking to a young missionary who was about to start work in China. After establishing such storms exist the … “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. He knew that that storm was coming, but He wanted to teach them His power over storms by walking to them on the water. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? Yes, suicide is a terrible tragedy, a sin even, but it does not negate the Lord's act of redemption. (From the web site, http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/fourthofjuly /features/wesley.html). Our salvation rests securely in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Note several features of life’s storms as seen in this storm:          Storms hit suddenly and without warning. A storm hit and the ship found itself in serious trouble. That’s also what we need most in our trials. The angel promised Paul that everyone on board would be saved (27:24). Entire countries went under lockdown to … Paul stands out above all others in this desperate situation because of his calm faith in God. I think that by saying that, he was trying to make God look good and to comfort the grieving family members. Then. When things in our lives are out of our control, they are never out of God’s control. It's designed to reach a world that does not recognize or acknowledge Him. It took us nine hours from the time we left Long Beach until we had the sailboat safely in Avalon harbor. “Look at this,” he said. . The only thing that kept me from being scared to death was the thought, “You never read about Coast Guard vessels going down in bad storms.”. . God knows when we are in a storm. However, this might not rule out the possibility. They arrest our attention. He was not in heaven in a panic, summoning His angels to come up with a rescue plan for Paul. This options states that while God can send storms, He usually doesn’t—not in our day or in biblical times. Firstly, there are the situational storms. There are those who teach that it is not God’s will when some tragedy hits. Not only did the Lord lead the disciples into this storm. This storm did not take Him by surprise. So the Lord often does for us what He did for the disciples: Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Did He know what He was getting them into? I would think, “We’re going over this time!” Then, we would roll the other direction. The Bible is replete with examples of God's personal touch on people's lives. As he peered into the flames, Nebuchadnezzar was astounded and said to his officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered, “Certainly, O king.” He replied, “Look! Non-destructive wind is an apt picture of the presence of God because God is powerful, yet unseen (John 3:8; 4:24). The Lord had told Paul that he would testify for Him in Rome (23:11), but He had not bothered to mention the little detail of this storm and shipwreck! Satan is like a giant low pressure center on a weather map. Although the disciples were veteran fishermen who knew this lake, they probably didn’t anticipate the storm. Scholars have wondered why Luke goes to such lengths to describe the details of this event, since at first glance it does not seem to fit into his purpose. If you’ve ever been in a terrible storm at sea in a smaller vessel, you can identify with Luke’s description of the shipwreck in Acts 27. We need to face squarely the fact that sometimes Jesus doesn’t calm the storm. Q. I have heard a pastor in our town declare at a funeral that the person’s death was not God’s plan! They never went off of His radar screen. Even today, the soundings mentioned in verse 28 indicate that the ship was passing Koura, a point on the east coast of Malta, on her way into St. Paul’s Bay. So much for expert opinion! We need to stop and get the big picture of what God is doing. Here are a couple of verses to ponder. I have often found that the most severe times of testing have come right after I have taken a new step of obedience. • Then there are some storms we engineer by our own foolishness and disobedience. If you’re going through a storm, He wants you to trust Him. We go down singing the doxology.” John Hus was burned at the stake for his faith, but he went out singing. In the beginning, Jesus spoke and created the universe. He won’t let people save themselves in their own ways, or add anything to the way that He has provided. God is sovereign to save His elect, but He does it through the means that He has appointed. What the Bible actually says: “God . The Bible doesn’t seem to support not helping others because they don’t deserve it. He also reported that no ship can enter St. Paul’s Bay without passing within a quarter of a mile from the point of Koura, where the sailors would have heard the breakers, thus surmising that they were nearing land, as Luke reports in verse 27 (cited by F. F. Bruce, The Book of Acts [Eerdmans], pp. Trust Him as your Savior, your only hope for heaven. (Psalm 107:29) Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" Thankfully, these storms don’t represent the end of our story. Moreover, our specific pets, might not be in heaven. But in each storm, I’m convinced that we were in God’s will for us at that time. It must have been quite a storm, because even these seasoned fishermen feared for their lives. The prophets were individually called by God for a specific time and purpose. Describing the creation of human beings in the beginning, the Bible says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV). Sometimes the storms in our lives appear without warning. God knew we would face many storms in life, so He gave us His Word, the Bible. These men, who had committed their lives to serve Christ, obeyed. If you want to know if the Bible is important don't ask a persons opinion. If you don’t spend time with the Lord in the calm of life, you won’t know how to trust Him in the storms. At first they probably thought, “No problem, we can handle it.” But this storm brought them to the end of themselves and showed them how they were trusting in themselves. So it might not always be useful to ask questions like ‘What Does the Bible Say About Mental Illness?’. The very day we decided to move to Flagstaff, we learned about a major problem with our house that entailed months of difficulties. So does suffering in our lives. no? Any time we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, we’re too focused on ourselves. and man became a living being” (NKJV; NIV). Storms often show us things that we don’t see in calmer times:          Storms reveal our distorted view of the problem. Trust and obey God's law of love. But often He waits until we are at our wit’s end so that we sense how great our need really is. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. The Bible does not say anything specific about either situation. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. But if we daily seek God and His wisdom during normal times, when a storm hits, we will be different than those in the world, because we know and trust our God. It is what has sustained the saints in many horrible trials down through the centuries. Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 95.6 million people since the end of 2019 and killed more than 2.04 million as of January 19. So we can assume that he was trusting God in verse 10 when he advised the men in charge not to continue with the trip due to the lateness in the year. Then the whole boat would shudder and we would start back in the other direction. 11:25)! 5:6-7). Sometimes the Lord does expect us to do something by faith that those in the world consider foolish because they do not trust in God. Storms build our Prayer Life. We simply live in a world that has storms as a natural part of life. Suddenly, it’s every man for himself! But we may be exactly where God wants us to be. This lesson comes through with Jesus’ question, “Where is your faith?” (8:25). Do you know Jesus in that way? That is wonderfully true, and I myself have been encouraged by that knowledge. Regardless of how experienced we are in anything, there comes a time when we are place in extreme situations that even our experience does not help. But trusting God in a crisis is not useless advice! He knows all things and so He knew they would encounter this storm. Why ask God’s blessing on the food in front of such rough men?” But rather, he openly gave thanks to God in the presence of all (27:35). In late 1735, a ship made it’s way to the New World from England. Often, a crisis shows us a side of ourselves we were blind to. I’ve heard Bible teachers say, “With Christ in the boat, you can smile at the storm.” Certainly there is a sense in which that’s true. Our 82-foot cutter would roll until the screws came out of the water and green water came over the above-deck porthole. But after doing all that they could do, they were not in control. He’s always there, even though sometimes it seems as if He’s not. Focus our thoughts on Jesus “Fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest” (Hebrews 3:1). Wesley’s experience in Georgia was a failure, both personally and ministry-wise. THE FACT IS THAT IT TELLS US THE OPPOSITE: 1 PETER 4:12 : “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” It seems that for a while, even Paul, Luke, and Aristarchus lost hope and were fearful, because Luke states, “from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned” (27:20). Should we fake that we are calm? While my hand was still bandaged, I slipped in the mud and cut my other hand on a thermos I was carrying. 8:38-39). call on Him and quote the Word. You have probably heard of the famous story in the Bible where Jesus starts walking from the shore to the disciples while striding on the surface of the sea. In times of trial, people are especially open to spiritual things. What has helped you fight feelings of self-pity in a time of trial? So Paul stood up and reminded them of his earlier warning, not just to say, “I told you so,” but to establish his credibility. But they do so at the expense of His sovereignty. These miracles have much to teach us (as they taught the disciples) about who Jesus is and what that means to us in the trials of life. 2. It is far more comforting to believe what the Bible teaches, that God is absolutely sovereign over everything that takes place, even over the most tragic events in history (Acts 2:23; 4:27-28). In the same way, God has promised that some from every tribe and tongue and people and nation will be in heaven because Jesus purchased them with His blood (Rev. 5. Matthew 14:22 reports that immediately after feeding the 5,000, Jesus “made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.” The word “made,” which means “to compel by force or persuasion,” shows that the disciples didn’t have much to say about what they were doing. 4. First, it's more then a book. As the Bible puts it, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put … Against the human helplessness of this frightening adventure stands the sovereign hand of God, who had promised Paul that he would testify in Rome (23:11). He used the situation to tell them about God, about his trust in God, and to promise that God would spare all of their lives through this ordeal. Sometimes we have to admit we just don’t know and instead of going crazy and trying … Paul does not disregard Timothy's health. (Mark 4:39) I love it when God does that, but sometimes He doesn't remove the storm. He didn’t leave those faithful men alone in their trial, but went and stood with them in the flames. Seek Him now! 1. I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who obeyed the Lord and found themselves in a storm of a different sort, thrown into Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace. Gen. 9:1 3 Even in the face of huge loss and ravaging storms, hard times do not hold the final say over our lives. But we had better be sure that the Lord is behind such things, or we end up looking awfully stupid in the world’s eyes! The angel’s word to Paul, “Do not be afraid” (27:24), implies that he was afraid. Most people, including Christians, do not have a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But notice that first the disciples feared the storm; then, they feared the Lord. Join Pastor Dave Hodgson and Simone Kennedy Harding on Everyday Living as they ask what does the Bible say about encouragement and how necessary is this in our lives. He and Aristarchus accompanied Paul (“we” resumes at 27:1, from 21:18) on this difficult journey to Rome. Who cares what I think! The bible talks a lot about the different seasons and their particular conditions, in fact in my study of those i managed to fill 7 pages of verses. Wesley said he did, but later reflected, “I fear they were vain words.”. And He led them straight into a storm! Sometimes their morning traffic report would mention a fatal accident and I would think, “That guy left home this morning to go to work, never thinking that he had just minutes to live. But he stood at her grave and sang, “Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art; I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart.”. He did this to lead them away from the things that they are pursuing that will lead to destruction in their lives. He pounded his fist on the table. Yet for the disciples, who were still growing in their awareness of who Jesus is, it was an amazing miracle. In the Bible the storm is a symbol of many different things. It is through scripture, where we can find meaning and principles discerning God's will. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Evangelism, Faith, Suffering, Trials, Persecution, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018.          The bigger the storm, the more the Lord will be glorified when we trust Him. But in their panic, the disciples had a distorted view of the problem. Forty-foot waves caused our boat to tilt so far over that I was sure we would capsize. In some of them, you may despair of life itself, even as everyone on board here did (27:20). Read these top 10 Bible verses about the storms of life and see why God goes with you through the storm. He will protect and help you endure. The Bible teaches us that there are three kinds of storms in life: storms that we bring on ourselves (like Samson), storms that God causes (like Lake Galilee), and storms that other people cause (as when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison). A child is molested and murdered; a critic asks, “How can God be both sovereign and loving?” Your answer? The fact is, Christians are not magically exempted from the storms of life. If my kids are all on board a ship or a plane, I care about everyone on board, but I especially care about those three children of mine. As evidenced by the books of the prophets, He routinely gives His people correction and guidance. James, get that gear tied down!” If Jesus had been actively involved, giving orders, telling them, “Hang in there, guys, we’re going to make it,” the storm would have been difficult, but bearable. When in the midst of the storms of life. He merely had to speak the word and the howling winds ceased and the surging waves were instantly as smooth as glass. If we will trust in God’s sovereign care for us in life’s storms, He will use us to bear witness to many. James says that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity in our walk with God (James 1:3–4). The point is, being obedient to the Lord does not exempt you from storms; it often leads you right into storms! We also encountered several other trials around the same time. As Spurgeon observed, that was not the only voyage that commenced favorably and ended disastrously (Spurgeon’s Expository Encyclopedia [Baker], 11:436). Here are a couple of verses to ponder. 2. You will find comfort in trials only if you affirm both God’s absolute sovereignty and His unfailing love. So we need not assume that Paul had had a revelation from God warning him about the storm. We might simply say that Satan equals instability. But fear is excessive and wrong when it causes us to panic so that we are not thinking carefully in light of God’s promises. Have you ever felt like that in the midst of a trial? In a matter of hours, without warning, you’re in the middle of a crisis. Part of Luke’s reason may be that the details reveal just how harrowing this experience was. . It was one of those unexpected storms that hit that evening—unexpected to the disciples, but not to the Lord Jesus. We all must come to know our weakness so that we will rely on the Lord’s strength. In the midst of the storm seek the Lord and run unto Him for shelter. For those unsure whether that kind of forgiveness is required from Christians, or only applies to Christ, the parable of the unmerciful servant in Luke 18:21-35 has much to say. The fact is. But he did neither! It was one of those unexpected storms that hit that evening—unexpected to the disciples, but not to the Lord Jesus. Paul’s testimony, both by his calm demeanor and by his words, would have had an unforgettable impact on the people on board. . Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, O Sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Bible Verses About God's Will - Scripture Quotes on God's Plan God's will for our lives has reason and purpose. The “fast” (27:9) refers to the Day of Atonement, which was in early October that year. . Trust in the promises of His Word of truth! And in the same way, obediently serving Christ may place you smack-dab in the middle of storms you would have avoided if you had stayed on the shore. What Does the Bible say is the purpose of our lives? Shortly after I began here I had to deal with some major problems in the church that resulted in a lot of turmoil. Whether we’re experiencing a heartbreak, coping with tragedy, or having a rough time just dealing with everyday struggles—storms will come and they will go. Because of him, all 276 people on board the ship were saved from death. If it wasn’t in God’s plan, then God is at the mercy of some greater power that got the upper hand, which is a blasphemous thing to say about God! It sits in a depression that is almost 700 feet below sea level, surrounded by mountains that rise to about 2,000 feet above sea level on the eastern side. Study the Bible with greater diligence than any other activity of your day. They weren’t saying, “Hey, guys, if we don’t get out of this storm, the Messiah will die!” First and foremost they were fearing for their own lives. Although Luke does not mention it, Mark’s account tells us that the disciples (I would guess, Peter) also said, “Lord, don’t You care that we’re perishing?” In a time of severe trial, it’s easy to doubt the Lord’s loving care for us. Situations change, and the sands of time shift. Because Paul trusted God and bore witness to God’s promise of deliverance, the other 275 passengers on that ship heard about God.          Storms reveal our distorted view of ourselves. When serious trials hit, I often hear people say, “The Lord didn’t cause this trial; He only allowed it.” Somehow they think that they are getting God off the hook. As Paul triumphantly affirms, no trial can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. , grief and heartache the gun sight on the Lord Bible clearly affirms God. Tests and develops your Character ; it reveals to us on a thermos I was we. Reject Jesus ’ power in their lives to serve Christ, obeyed or evangelize? ” the. 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