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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English

Forecast: Brighter Days Ahead For The Righteous

One of the dimmest forecasts in the Bible is the story of the Apostle Paul as he voyaged to Rome and encountered a storm. First of all, what do you do when your purpose for traveling forecasts dark clouds? Paul is sailing as a prisoner, accused by his own people, the Jews as a heretic for promoting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Therefore, Paul must travel to Rome to be judged by the pagan Roman king, Caesar, because the Jews were not permitted to have authority to kill anyone. The only blue skies Paul had in this dilemma was: “God was with him!” 

Acts 23:11 said: “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.” Now, remember, this is no luxury cruise Paul is traveling on because he is traveling with prisoners, cargo, guards, and other travelers. But, as they traveled, they encountered a storm in which Paul warned them that it would be hazardous to the ship and all the passengers to continue the journey.

But the Centurion officer listened to the advice of the captain of the ship and the owner above Paul’s advice. And not long after that, a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon came against the ship. They toiled for 14 days, throwing cargo out of the ship, seeing neither sun nor stars as the storm continued to rage violently. So, they gave up hope of ever surviving the storm. But then, Paul stood up and said to the officers, you should have listened earlier to me and not continued this journey and you would not have encountered this harm or loss.

But now I exhort you to be encouraged because the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, spoke to me and said: “Fear not Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” Acts 27:24 (It’s good to be traveling with the one God has His favor on!) Then, Paul warned them again as they feared, because the ship was headed toward dashing up against rocks, so they prepared lifeboats to flee out of the ship.

But Paul said: “…Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 27:31b (How well do you follow instructions during a storm?)  But, because they all traveled with Paul, the man of God and obeyed his instructions from God, the forecast was “Brighter Days Ahead!” Everyone escaped the storm which included 276 passengers and upon arriving on the island of Melita, they were all received by the islanders with great hospitality and kindness.

So, you may be facing storms in your life, whether a light storm or a Euroclydon, but I’m here to encourage you that if you stay with God, and obey, Brighter Days Are Ahead! Lastly, remember, Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a Rock.”  God bless! 

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