We have all been there! Maybe it was that one phone call that you never wanted to get. Possibly it was the pink slip that was handed to you by your boss. For some it was unrequited affection. You heard those words you never thought you would hear. “I don’t love you anymore!” You wake up one day and you are in the storm of your life.
Paul was also in a storm. In the book of Acts chapter 27 we find him and 275 others hanging on for dear life. They had jettisoned the cargo and had done everything else they knew to do. They had given up all hope. Then we read this incredible verse.
“Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks,
they dropped four anchors from the stern,
and prayed for day to come.”
I like that! They dropped four anchors and prayed for morning. When and not if, you find yourself in the storm of your life I would like to suggest four anchors that you can drop. Before we look at these anchors let me share two powerful verses with you.
“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.”
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”
The first anchor I see is the promise of God. Paul explained to his fellow sea-sick companions that an angel of God had shared something with him. He was assured that not only would he survive the shipwreck but each of them would as well. The great apostle said, “Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” Paul believed what God promised. He believed God’s Word.
When you find yourself in a storm I would encourage you to run to the Word!
Is there a Blessing to Enjoy?
Is there a Command to Obey?
Is there an Example to Follow?
Is there a Promise to Claim?
Is there a Sin to Avoid?
The first anchor is the promise of God. The second anchor I see is the peace of God. They had gone fourteen days without a meal. That ole boat was creaking and groaning, the waves were beating against the hull, the rain was pelting the deck, the wind was tossing the ship around like a cork and Paul said, “Let’s eat!” There were 276 on board and 275 were petrified. Paul had heard from God and was enjoying the peace of God! I want to remind you that Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Joseph Parker said, “Paul went from being a prisoner on board to being the captain on deck.” He was in control of the situation because he knew his God was on the throne. He was peaceful in the midst of a storm!
Precious friend, it is so good to have the anchors of promise and peace but we can also notice the third anchor. That anchor is the anchor of provision. When the boat began to break apart those who could not swim found boards and other parts of the ship to grab onto that got them safely to shore. God will provide for you in the middle of your storm too.
You say, “How do you know?” He always provides! Please remember this was not Paul’s first rodeo…err shipwreck! Once he shared his testimony with the Corinthians and said, “Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep.” Take a moment and think. This is not your first storm. None of us like storms! Chuck Swindoll said that he has seen bumper stickers that read “I’d rather be golfing” or “I’d rather be sailing” but he has never seen one that read “I’d rather be shipwrecked” No we do not look forward to the storms but when they occur we can drop these anchors.
The fourth anchor I see is the preeminence of God. When they made it to shore Paul was bitten by a viper and it must have been poisonous because the natives were waiting for him to drop. When he didn’t die they went from calling him a murderer to calling him a god. What I notice here is that God is always in control. He is preeminent over shipwrecks and snakes!
I don’t know what the storm is that you find yourself in but I am sure that the water is choppy in some areas of your life. I want to strongly encourage you to drop these four Anchors and pray for morning! Trust the promise of God! Allow yourself to enjoy the peace of God. Don’t forget that God will provide for you! He will come through because He is preeminent!