Read the passage that I have selected. Then look for verse 23-25. When we are about to be shipwrecked the Lord always gives advice, and causes us to want to seek His face. The ship in this passage was caught in a huge wind storm. The ship could not face the wind. It gave way to the wind. Those on board allowed the wind to carry them in the ship. They were allowing the wind to carry them along.
This was a violent wind. The sailors could do nothing but let the ship be carried along by the wind. They came to an island, and they finally got the ship under control. It was a difficult task. They let their anchors down, and allowed the ship to be driven along. They threw cargo overboard the next day, and on the third day of the storm, they threw out the ship’s tackle. For days they struggled, and soon their hope left that they would find land, and dry ground. Hope abandoned them.
Paul was on this ship. They went many days before Paul stood to speak to the men. He chided them for not following His advice. He had advised the men not to set sail at Crete. He told them it would be too dangerous, and they would have losses.
Paul told the men that an angel had come to him in the night. It was God’s angel. Paul said, I belong to God who has angels. I serve Him and stand before Him, among the angels.
The angel before me said not to be afraid, for you must stand before Caesar. The angel said all those aboard the ship would be delivered. None would perish with the storm. I love the next verse, also. The angel tells Paul not to be afraid, but keep up his courage. I BELIEVE GOD. IT WILL TURN OUT JUST LIKE I HAVE BEEN TOLD. Paul said. He made his statement of Trust in the Lord.
In ministry, Ed and I come to this place of making a statement of faith to God. We have come many times. When his mother was in a coma, and we were headed for his hometown, Ed and I prayed, until God encouraged us with visions about his mother. Ed saw her sitting on her couch in a bathrobe he had never seen. He could describe it, because this was God’s vision of encouragement.
We got to the home place, and all the curtains were drawn. Pappy’s truck was at the hospital, and we greeted Ed’s sister at the door. She was stricken with grief, but soon we said, “Let’s run the vacuum, pull the curtains back, and anoint Pappy’s shoes. God is going to do something.”
The atmosphere of the house changed as the darkness left, and the grieving was turned to rejoicing, and hope. When God gives you faith, you get up, and use it. You don’t sit on it. Faith is worked out in the action that you take. We took action, and we went to the hospital.
She had not wakened, and Mom C. was still in a coma. Our hearts sunk, but God had said some words to say over her. Pappy came in later, and finding her asleep, he kissed her on the cheek. She woke up! We came back, and she was glad to see us. Mom was weak, but she dramatically improved, and soon she was sitting at home, on the couch, in the robe that Ed had never seen her wearing.
This happened many years ago, but when we have difficult times, Ed, and I reflect on times like this when God came through for us, and miracles happened, and prayers were answered.
For his Mom to live, was a miracle. God did it. He is all-powerful. God is God, Almighty. When we submit to Him, it is from head to toe. He forgives our sins, and we submit to Him completely. He cleanses our hearts, and He takes the throne of our hearts. This is submission to Almighty God in Jesus name. I submit to Jesus Christ, and to God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, three in One. You see, God answers prayer. He is in control of the ship…even if it tries to shipwreck.