So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island. Acts 27:25-26
Plans are made all the time by many people. As they go into the plans, often things come up that appear to throw those plans out the window. It may feel as if there is no way to accomplish the plans.
During these times, many people give up on their plans. Some others will go into extreme desperate measures to attempt accomplish their plans.
Paul was on a ship bound for Rome. During a storm, the sailors wanted to give up, due to the danger. Paul told them that God had told him they would reach their goal, but not until after a shipwreck.
On the paths of life, many things are thrown into the ways of plans. Most often individuals have very little to no control over the obstacles in the way of reaching their goals.
Even though a person does not have any real control, God does. When God lays out a path for someone to take, He will do what it takes to make it happen all the way to the end.
There will be times when the obstacle is so great, that in the human mind and ways it points to that one should quit and give up the goal. The goal of salvation is like that. One cannot be perfect or get rid of his own sin. It is a great, impossible obstacle to personally overcome, but Jesus provided a way for it to occur.
Just as Jesus overcomes sin, He can overcome every obstacle in the life of a believer. If God has called a person on a path, He will make it occur, despite the problems along the way.
God has probably called you along some path in this life. At times it may appear as though you are getting no where and are failing to accomplish that goal.
Do not give up or give in to the ways of this world’s thinking. Do not jump overboard and quit, thinking it is over and you failed. It is not over yet. Trust God will bring you through to His desired goal that He called you to.
Hold onto the promises God has given you and believe that you will accomplish what He told you to do.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has called you to do and be; that you will trust God when in difficult times; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward; and that God will accomplish His purpose in and through you.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.
For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.
Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.
Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.
In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.
Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.
Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.
Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.
Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.