SOAP Devotional Acts 27:14-17a – What does the Bible say about storms in our lives? – Free online Bible study – Commentary in easy English – Day 692
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. (Acts 27:14-17a)
When I went through my divorce, I was caught in a swirling tunnel of darkness. Christian friends and my ex’s family, whom I loved much, abandoned me. Everyone except my family told me God would punish and desert me because of my intentional sin. I recommend all efforts to save a marriage, but I strongly believe God doesn’t want us to suffer abuse.
I feared God like churchgoing people said I should. I avoided him and battled the downpour alone, without God’s power to fight my negative emotions. I gave way and let the squalls batter me. I hoisted my lifeboat, Jesus, into a dry stack facility where I hoped he couldn’t find me.
I learned one can suffer great loss while sailing through a storm without Jesus. Because of God’s grace, I’m alive.
Father, I praise You for Your grace, love, and power that give me strength to fight life’s Northeasters. Protect my family and me and bind us closer to You. As for my family and me, we will serve the Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.