SUMMARY: Give thanks
OVERVIEW: Paul is a prisoner aboard a ship of more than 200 sailing to Rome. Along the way, a storm at sea puts them in danger. Paul receives a vision that no one will die and challenges all aboard to have courage.
BIG IDEA: Give thanks in all things, knowing God is with you always.
KEY VERSE: Acts 27:25 (Paul to the men on the ship)
So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to live by faith, not by feelings or fear. If the seas you sail on are always calm and pleasant, it is doubtful that you would call on me. The hurricanes that hit your life can build your faith. You and those around you will face devastation at times in life. Remember who I am. Let your faith give you courage. Let your hope keep you serving. Don’t let fear win. Let faith win as you experience God through hardship.
I am the Lord, and I am in control. I am with you in every circumstance. I am there in the midst of senseless tragedy. I am there in the most grueling moments of your adventure. I am there when you are stunned with fear. Regardless of what’s happening, look to me. When others are overwhelmed, point them to me. Serve them. Support them. Be there for them. Listen. Give thanks. Devour my wisdom. Receive good counsel. Encourage everyone to work hard together at all times toward a brighter future.
Reach out to families or communities where there is devastation this week. Send money, letters of encouragement, supplies, or care packages to those affected by storms, earthquakes, war, famine, or other overwhelming circumstances. Be sure to pray and let them know you are praying.
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