But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. (Acts 27:21-25)
Today's Morsel: Maintaining a spirit of cheerfulness in the storms of life is essential to making it to the other side. When the people on the ship with Paul became discouraged because they felt that their lives would be lost Paul encouraged them to be of good cheer. Paul wanted them to not lose heart and faith in their storm. He knew that in order for them to succeed, they needed to stay cheerful. One of the reasons you need to remain cheerful in the storms of life, is if you are not cheerful, depression can set in and you take matters into your own hands and not wait on the Lord. We see this with some of the men on board with Paul who tried to sneak out of the ship. But Paul told them that except they abide in the ship they could not be saved (vs 30-31). Even though we may not know the outcome of the storm, all successes begin with those who are cheerful.
Sing: We will sing, sing, sing, and make music with the heavens. We will sing, sing, sing, and be grateful that You hear us. When we shout Your praise, lift high the name of Jesus.
Thought for Today: Be of good cheer!