by Tammy Phillips
November 13, 2020
“After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage…(Acts 27:21-22 NIV)
Although the storm rages and we ask the Lord how He can sleep through it, he has already told us, just like he told the disciples in Mark 4:35-41, “Let us cross to the other side.” He is with us in the middle of the storm. He has not left nor forsaken us. He said, “Let’s go to the other side,” that is what he meant and that is what they did. He did it for the disciples. He did it for our forefathers and he will do it for us.
- He took Noah to and through the other side of the biggest flood ever.
- He took Moses and Israel to and through to the other side of the Red Sea.
- He took Joshua and the Israelites to and through to the other side of the Jordan into the promised land.
- He took Abraham from the other side of the River, led him through Canaan, multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac
- He took David to and through the other side of Goliath.
- He took Jesus to and through the cross for you…and me.
KEEP UP YOUR COURAGE!
He took Paul to and through many times. Here is one account. In Acts 27:10 Paul said, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” The majority disagreed and they sailed anyways. They got caught in a big, bad windstorm for days. The storm beat them up and they lost all hope that they would be saved.
“After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. (Acts 27:21-22 NIV)
- You should have not dated that person and you would have not got your heart broken.
- You should have not over eaten or drunk too much and you would have not felt so bad.
- You should have been a better parent and then your child would have turned out differently.
- You should have been more careful, and you would have not…
“Should have…would have’s” in our lives are usually spoken by the enemy to bring on regret and shame. God will not leave us in the middle of the “shoulda-woulda.” Paul was sent and angel of God who essentially told him, “Do not be afraid. You have to go through this. You will be saved. You will make it to the other side of this storm.” When we are caught in the storm that is tearing us apart, the Lord will come to us or send us a word of encouragement. He even comes to us in the middle of the storm that he warned us not to go into. When we get caught in the middle of something and see no way out, hear the words of Paul, “I urge you to keep up your courage.” Further…
“KEEP UP YOUR COURAGE, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me!” (Acts 27:25)
Keep up your courage in this instance means:
- Be a good cheer.
- Be of good courage.
- Take heart.
- Take courage.
- Cheer up.
Why? We have faith in God that it will happen just as he promised. If God said it, we believe it and we will make it to the other side.
I enCOURAGE you to leave the “shoulda…woulda’s” in the past. You cannot change them. You can change your future. Have faith in God to take you to the other side Trust Him. Be brave. Keep up your courage.