Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2011 April 6 - Morning Manna

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west. And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. (Acts 27:9-15)

Today's Morsel:  Hurricanes and typhoons all originate out in the sea. They start with just a little bit of wind and breeze.  But as they begin to pick up velocity and strength they become a force to be reckoned with.  By the time they exit the sea and come on land, they are at a strength to do much damage, and anything in their pathway is subject to destruction.  Luke said that they encountered a storm called Euroclydon.  This massive unrest of the sea is packing a punch and they figured that all hope of them being alive come morning was lost.  Even in our lives, storms are sometimes unexpected.  They come when we least expect them.  Maybe someone turns on us or lies about us.  Maybe  you unexpectedly lose a loved one, or your child gets sick.  Unpleasant news from afar.  Whatever the storm of life is, they shake us.  In many cases, they rip the wind right out of our sails and we are left with no means to control how we steer our lives to safety.  We become hopeless and feel as though we will lose our own lives.  But you must always remember what the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah,  "But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour" (Isaiah 43:1-3).  Jesus isn't going to let you go through anything you can't handle.  He'll be with you.  When there is a storm is in your life, keep the faith and enjoy the ride.

Sing: There's a storm out, on the ocean, and it's moving, this away. If your souls not, anchored in Jesus, you will sure drift away.  

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