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A Proper Perspective In Challenging Times
2/23/2017

But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days. Acts 20:6 (NKJV)

There is a saying amongst those who sail the seas, and it goes like this, “Red sky at night, sailors delight – Red sky in morning, sailors take warning!”  The phrase has to do with potentially clear weather for sailing, versus the expected harsh conditions, which generally accompany the red skies of the morning.

I have to believe the latter portion of this saying applied very much to Paul and Luke, as recorded here in Acts 20:6.  Let me explain. They had sailed from Philippi to Troas in five days – a journey that had only taken them a little over a day the last time they had sailed it (Acts 16:11).  I think this story sets an example for everyone of us, as Christian men and women, regardless of whether we plan on setting sail or not. 

Here’s my point. Paul and Luke experienced smooth sailing at one point of their journey, and then the next time they experienced rough conditions, turbulent weather, along with it taking much longer to accomplish the same tasks. I think we will experience the same types of challenges in our Christian walk, meaning what we were able to accomplish yesterday or in the past may now be very challenging as we face tougher circumstances and conditions. The good news is this; God is on the throne, and He will be with us during these challenging times. 

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

Q: So what happens if we find ourselves in rough, turbulent seas (metaphorically speaking), being tossed and turned, unable to make progress going forward in our Christian walk?

We must understand this one truth—God has allowed this rough course, and He will guide and lead us through each valley we find ourselves in (Ps. 23; Rom. 8:28). I know it can be hard when we focus on those things we are facing, and/or experiencing, because they are very real and present, but we must keep our eyes upon our Lord and continue to move forward, just as Paul and Luke did in their sailing vessel.  It may be significantly harder and take much longer, but we will reach our destiny by God’s grace. 

Let me ask you something; If you have trusted God with your soul when you chose to believe and confess Him as your personal Lord and Savior—shouldn’t you choose to trust Him in the midst of your tough times, and those times of uncertainty?  I pray you will, and I pray God’s anointing upon your life today—that He would guide and empower you to walk in faith and joy. 

STUDY QUESTION: What great promise are you given in Hebrews 13:6 by the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust God in the midst of your trial, or difficult journey?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: No matter how long or difficult your journey in your Christian walk may be, continue to move forward, keeping your eyes on the destiny of eternity.  Choose to keep your eyes on the Lord and trust Him fully.  He will give you a perfect peace and will guide you in every decision you make as you seek His counsel in His Word and choose to pray about everything.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your great comfort through the promises contained within Your Word.  Father, I am sorry for the times I have doubted and feared instead of believing and trusting You.  Help me to remember Your great promises when I am tempted to believe otherwise.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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