Holding It Together When It All Falls Apart
But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf. The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely. Acts 27:41-44
Did God entrust you with a storm? Are you experiencing one disappointment after another? Do you feel like you aren’t going to make it? Did God say everything was going to be all right smack dab in a situation where nothing seems right? Has He previously shown Himself strong on your behalf? Do you know that you know that He is the Way Maker? Have you ever experienced a miracle in an awful situation?
I once heard Bible teacher Beth Moore discuss times when we are in awe. She mentioned that sometimes the awful and the awesome leave us in awe of God. Sometimes God will allow us to experience storms of cosmic proportion. I’ve found that I trust Him more not in spite of my trials but because of them. When it all falls apart and your faith remains then your greatest asset is intact.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. By faith, we receive the miracle of salvation as well as God’s healing, restoration and abundant living. There are times that the vehicle that God uses to transfer us to a new place is completely destroyed. For example, the job that brought you to a new city may lay you off. I’m reminded of how the Lord visited Paul and encouraged Him and told him to go to Rome in Acts 23:11.
Paul then travels on a ship that was driven by the northeaster wind into a stormy situation. The trip to Rome that the Lord sent him on (due to His appeal to Caesar) was a turbulent journey to say the least. He did arrive in Rome but the ship that was carrying Him was completely destroyed near the shore of his first destination, the island of Malta. Paul was not shaken the least by the external situation due to His internal consecration.
Your five senses can experience the facts of what is happening around you but that does not impact the truth of what God will do for the man or woman who trusts Him completely. If God allows something that brought you to this place to be destroyed then He has a plan. At times the opposition we face is the indicator that we are heading in the right direction. Quite often we are strongly opposed when God is giving us an opportunity to witness a miracle.
Cleave to God when the waves are tossing so that you can experience peace and joy in the mist of the storm. We know that Jesus Christ is irrefutably above all, because in Him we can experience life in dead places. We can experience peace in chaos, destiny in detours, and joy in suffering. Surrender to God when the devour roars! God alone will hold it together when it all falls apart!