When we experience a setback, we tend to focus on the wrong place. We look at the bank account. We keep our eyes on others in our lives. We put our attention on what we can hold on to.
God says that when everything in life is falling apart, we need to remember that his promises can be trusted.
The Bible tells us, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came trueÃ¢â‚¬Â (Joshua 21:45 NLT).
When you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t count on anything else, you can count on the promises of God.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what Paul told his shipmates when they were being battered by a storm in Acts 27. All looked lost. But God had told Paul that they all would be safe. Paul trusted God and told the others: Ã¢â‚¬Å“So take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to meÃ¢â‚¬Â (Acts 27:25 CSB).
Paul didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t place his faith in the ship or the captain. Paul trusted God.
That boat wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to last forever. Paul understood that, but he knew the promises of God would last.
Are you trying to put your trust in a puny lifeboat? Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your sparkling personality. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sure that you can get through anything because your personality will shine through.
Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your looks. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always been the key to your success. You figure you can lean on your looks when troubles hit.
Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your money. You plan to buy yourself out of whatever problem you face.
But all of those puny lifeboats will someday perish. The only safe place to be in the middle of a storm is directly in the center of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s will.
Just ask Paul.
Acts 27 ends with an incredible comebackÃ¢â‚¬â€the Bible says Ã¢â‚¬Å“everyone escaped safely to shoreÃ¢â‚¬Â (Acts 27:44 NLT).
Like they always have, GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s promises came trueÃ¢â‚¬â€everyone was safe.
When you lean on GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s promises during a storm, you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the only one who is helped.
God just might save your whole ship.