A Glorious Violent Storm (Acts 27; Esther 4)

“Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo.”  Acts 27:18

Imagine someone calling you, from their cell-phone, while they are on a ship that was in a violent storm.  After explaining the seriousness of the storm they conclude their description by commenting, “This is a glorious violent storm.”  In this moment we would probably think they were either delirious or they had been hit in the head.

Believe it or not, as I read about the storm in Acts 27, I could not help but to cry out, “This is a glorious violent storm!”  Now before you write me off, I want to encourage you to think this storm through:

1.  We see a group of people who have exhausted all human effort.

These sailors, soldiers, and prisoners have cast out of the boat everything that was weighing them down.  The Bible records their exhaustion, “All hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.”  Question, “Have you ever been in this place?”  If so, it is a violent storm!!!

2.  We see a group of people encouraged by a diving encounter.

The man of God (Paul) hears from the angel of God, “For I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.”  The Lord would deliver every person on board the ship because of Paul.  God had a plan for Paul and this plan would usher these men to safety.

3.  We see a group of people who escaped the storm by the grace of God.

“God granted each man his life.”  

Our response:

Our response should be of utter praise for the God who has delivered us through a glorious violent storm.  We were like those on the boat.  All human resources were exhausted without being able to make peace with God.  We were encouraged to hear the good news that Jesus has made peace with God.  We were delivered from the storm of God’s wrath by the glorious violent storm of the cross.

This day I praise God for each glorious violent storm that comes my way.  In each storm I am reminded of his grace that greater than all of our fears!!!

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