Any big decision in our lives can be intimidating. Am I making the right choice? Is this really what God wants me to do? What if I’m wrong? Maybe we don’t always hear that still small voice telling us exactly what to do next but we can have faith that God is always with us no matter what. I know I don’t always make the right discussions. Sometimes I imagine that God is sitting on His throne shaking His head at me and thinking, “oh, you silly human,” but wether I make mistakes or not I can trust Him to lead me where I need to go.
I encourage you to read Acts 27 along with this devotion.
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“Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.””
Paul knew that a terrible thing was about to happen and he anticipated the loosing their lives in the process. Have you ever known that something bad was about to happen? That sudden feeling of foreboding that weighs heavy on your heart like an ominous warning of trouble ahead can sometimes cause us to want to make the safe or easy decision and turn from the narrow road. It’s our nature to want to avoid pain and suffering at almost any cost, but remember we are forewarned on the scriptures that the believers WILL suffer. We knew that was a part of the journey when we chose to take the narrow road.
The one thing that sets us apart from the rest of the world is that we never have to suffer alone. We have the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us along the way no matter what trials we may stumble upon.
“For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.””
In the end, the Lots allowed everyone on the boat to make it to the shore safely. Though they were warned not to take the journey, they went anyway. When it looked as if they would die, an angel of the Lord gave them hope. When the end of the storm was in sight, reached the shore in safety and though the ship was lost, their lives were saved.
“Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.”
The struggles that we bare through in this life are lessons we need to learn and the building of wisdom within us. Like building a wall one brick at a time, we are all works in progress. Whatever battles you are facing right now, whatever troubles you see coming down the road, remember that you don’t walk it alone. When the journey becomes too hard for us to take the next step, our Lord is there to carry us through the thorns and the mire.
“And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape. But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land, and the rest, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land.”
So, how do I trust God to keep me on the path?
READ: Stay in HIs word daily and focus on HIs promises
TRUST: Don't let FEAR guide my decisions
PRAY: Pray for the Lord to lead my decisions
FAITH: Take the next step in faith and know that He is always with me.
I pray today that you will seek His direction for your life, that you will allow the Lord to lead you, and when the path becomes too difficult to continue, don’t turn away but let the Savior carry you to the finish line.