“Take heart. I believe God will do exactly what He told me.” Acts 27:25 MSG.
God doesn’t always speak the word you want, but He will speak the word you need.
My thoughts and comments today are, “in God we trust.”
In uncertain times and events, you need people in your life whose words you can trust explicitly; if you do, you are fortunate. There are times you will need others with broader life-experience, with Godly wisdom, lovingly honest, and truly considerate. Everyone needs friends who will be honest with them, even when truth is uncomfortable. Value that kind of friendship; be that kind of friend. In life, I have found you usually get what you give.
God will always tell you the truth, even if you would rather not hear it. The Apostle Paul was prisoner on a ship bound for Rome, to be charged before Caesar. Read Acts 27:6-44 NIV. In a savage storm, the crew and their human cargo, “[after] many days . . finally gave up hope of being saved.” They did everything experienced sailors knew to do – strengthened the hull with ropes, dropped an anchor, lightened the ship’s cargo – but to no avail.
In a desperate situation, Paul did not lose hope. The weather was adverse; their ship and skills were overwhelmed; their future safety was doubtful. The demoralizing forecast from others was clear, but Paul waited for a clear word from God. God sent an angel to Paul with a promise, “Not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed . . God, whose I am and whom I serve, stood beside me . . Take heart. I believe God will do exactly what He told me.” Vs. 22-26 NIV/MSG.
That is more than belief; that is strong and settled conviction. Paul reasoned with the Christ-followers in Rome, “Some . . were unfaithful; but just because they broke their promises, does that mean that God will break His promises? Though everyone else in the world is a liar, let God be true.” Romans 3:3-4 NLT. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away but My Words will never pass away.” Luke 21:33 NIV. Paul knew his relationship with God was secure and God’s character was sure, so God could be trusted to be truthful. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV.
While others’ forecast their fears, God foresees the conclusion accurately. When life gets stormy you need time to hear from God. God doesn’t always speak the word you want, but He will always speak the word you need. God may not promise to save your ship, but He will do what He says. Don’t try to put words in God’s mouth; listen to God, then believe what He tells you. “My Word . . will accomplish all I want and prosper where I send it.” Isaiah 55:11 NLT.
The Bible says, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel . . in which it was impossible for God to lie . . which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast . . “ Read Hebrews 6:17-19 NKJV. You can trust God; He always tells the truth.
My prayer for you today is that you will trust God even when you don’t understand.