Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #42

Acts 27:24

“…saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet — and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.”

STRONG IN A CRISIS (Part Two)

            Yesterday we broached the topic of crisis. How do we become strong in a crisis? Should Christians act differently in a crisis? We looked at Acts 27 where Paul finds himself on a prisoner ship heading for Rome. They are caught in a gale and the sailors feared for their lives.

            We discovered by looking at this story that God provides for the believer several “Anchors” that we can count on while in a crisis. Yesterday we discovered the first anchor. The anchor of Gods Presence.  Paul shared this experience with the sailors with which he was sailing. Acts 27:23 “Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve…,

            We discovered that the storms of life can never hide our faces from God. We may not see God in the crisis, but we can be assured that He sees us. We can also be assured that His presence will never leave us.

            Today let’s drop the 2nd Anchor

ANCHOR #2 – Gods Purpose

            Paul quoted Gods Angel in Acts 27:24 “…saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet — and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.”

            God told Paul, “I have a plan for your life.” For Paul, that plan included going to Rome to preach in the court of Caesar.

God has a plan for your life as well. You are not here on earth just to take up space. God has a specific plan and purpose for your life. Gods purpose and plan for your life is greater than the temporary storm that you are presently in.

Every Christian aught to have a sense of destiny. The purpose of God is greater than any situation you will ever experience. God has a plan beyond the problems you are facing now. You were made for a mission.

God is at work in this world. Even in the middle of COVID 19. He wants you to join Him in what He is doing. You mission is your service to unbelievers.

The anchor of Gods purpose should keep you grounded and secure during this crisis. Just because the storm rages all around you doesn’t mean that God’s purpose for you, (Your mission to unbelievers) has changed. Jesus never changed his purpose for coming to earth even when the storms raged, neither should we deviate from the purpose God has for us.

The following story is found in the scriptures. Mark 4:38-41 “Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” (NLT)

            Have you ever wondered the meaning of this story? Yes, on one hand it could be about showing the power and authority that God has over the elements, but for our purposes this morning, let’s see it as a reminder that while Jesus was human and lived this earth with it’s sunshine and rain. Its calms and its storms, nothing was going to deviate Him from accomplishing the ultimate purpose God the Father had for His life.

            The storms of life may rage around you Christian, but never forget that God has a purpose for your life and it will not end prematurely. God will accomplish in you what He has set out to accomplish. Will you trust Him and lean on the Anchor of His Purpose.                            

                        Monday….the third Anchor.