Acts 27:14 (KJV)
There arose against [us]…Euroclydon.
There is only one storm named in Scripture, and it is the one the apostle Paul went through in the book of Acts: Euroclydon. I find it interesting to read about all the hardship that Paul and the other apostles and early church fathers went through because it shows that God never promised that we would not go through hardship. There are some who teach that if you’re going through hardship you must be in sin or you must not have enough faith. On the contrary, I would say that if you’re not going through hardship maybe you’re not a big enough threat to the enemy.
Ultimately, the storm will reveal what you’re made of and what your relationship with the Lord is like.
Here are the points made by the writer of today’s reading:
- To reach your goal you’ll have to go through storms. See Acts 27:20.
- Storms reveal how well you know God. See Acts 27:23-24.
- God can make a success out of a shipwreck.
- Sometimes you’ll have to throw stuff overboard. See Acts 27:18.
- In spite of your best efforts you’ll occasionally run aground. See Acts 27:26.
- You must remember what God told you and stand on it. See Acts 27:25.
- Often the worst thing that could have happened turns out for the best. See Acts 28:10.
- There have been instances in my life where I not handled hardship well, even questioning God’s purpose in it all. But God had some things for me, some things I needed to learn through them. The 4th point above is a good one: God is able to turn what the enemy meant for evil into something that brings Him glory. I can testify to that.