Faith in the storm (Acts 27; Esther 4)

“…then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”  Esther 4:16b

“So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.”  Acts 27:25

For some reason it was not working out as I expected.  The following commentary could be a tag to many of the circumstances that come our way throughout life.  Here is the deal, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”  Acts 14:22

This day we find two tribulations before us:

  • Paul’s tribulation in the midst of a storm as he sails toward Rome to fulfill God’s call on his life.
  • Esther’s tribulation in the midst of national panic as she stands in the gap for her people.

Question:  “What storm do you or those you love find themselves in this morning?”

Let’s spend our time discovering how to have faith in the storm.  We see it in both passages, but let’s look at Acts 27 in our time.

Thing it through:

  1. Dr Luke gives us specific detains about this storm:
    1. It was a violent storm that took much from the men, Vs: 14.  They lost all their cargo.
    2. This storm drained all hope from the men, Vs: 20
  2. Dr. Luke recounts great faith in the storm:
    1. Paul is able to restore the hope that the storm had taken from the men.

Here we see a great message of hope:  “For this very night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar.  And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.  So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.”

This message is incredible for us to see.  Paul gained hope in the same way you and I are to gain hope in the storm.  Paul listen to God’s Word.  Take a moment and read the following passages, Hebrews 6:18-20; I Peter 1:13,21.

Our response:

  • Daily look to your hope (Jesus Christ).
    • As you read His Word, you will discover hope on every page!!!
  • Daily live out your hope (before the world).
    • Paul spoke in faith
    • Paul gave thanks in faith (He knew God would spare their lives)

If you are facing a storm, practice the previous disciplines to increase your faith in the storm.  Look to others who are facing the storm and live out your faith before them!!!

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