What do you do when circumstances are so bad, and continue to be so, that at last, all hope is gone?
Such was the case for the shipmates of Paul. While headed for the place God said he would send him, a sudden storm arose and would not relent. What’s worse? Paul already warned them not to make the trip at that time. You could say this was all their own fault.
However it came about was now irrelevant. They weren’t at the end of their rope, they had let go completely. All that was left were dread and fear. Ever been there?
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t see the possibility of a good outcome, let alone a God one, simply because your situation has not changed for such a long time. Things are seemingly as they always have been with no hope for change.
We wait for things to get better, but it only gets worse.
The truth is, the ship may very well wreck, and even when we survive, a poisonous viper may come out and latch onto our hand. But through it all, God is with us. He will fulfill His word. He will bring opportunities to minister His grace, truth, and life. Keep trusting, keep pressing in to Him, keep your eyes open for the doors He opens.
He is present, even when we don’t see Him.
“Be still, and know that I am God! (In the midst of the mess, the midst of the turmoil) I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10, NLT, parenthesis mine)