Acts 27:33 “And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.”
Eleven days prior to this verse, Paul told the men of the ship that they were going to make it through the storm. Eleven days of violent storms didn't change Paul’s belief in what God said, even though the storm was still raging. In fact, Paul told the men to take meat because he believed God. Paul said in verse 25, “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Paul was telling these men that God’s promise for Him to reach Rome had not changed. The storm would not change God’s promise, the attack of fear against faith would not change the promise, and no amount of the raging of the sea could change the promise of God that he would make it through the storm.
My friend, this type of enduring faith will help you make it through life’s storms. Paul’s enduring faith is what allowed us to read the prison epistles. Imagine if Paul had given up; one must wonder what would have happened to all the help that Paul gave us after this great storm. There are three things I want to point out to you about Paul’s enduring faith that can help you as you go through tough times.
First, time doesn’t change the promises and power of God. The statement from the verse above didn't come in times of ease, but the statement came after thirteen days of pounding waves and a violent storm. It didn't matter to Paul how long it had been since God promised him that he would make it; it only mattered to him that God promised he would make it, and he believed God. The time you have gone through trials doesn't change the promises of God. God’s promises will always be fulfilled no matter how long ago the promise was made. You can always trust the promise of God, even though much time has passed.
Second, the violence of storms doesn’t change God’s promise and presence in your life. The storm that Paul was going through seemed to be more violent than in the beginning, but that didn't change his belief in God’s promise. God’s promises are not dependent upon the calm or raging of the storm; they are dependent upon the faithful character of God whose character can be banked upon. The storms you are facing may seem daunting, but God’s promise to be with you and carry you through the storm doesn’t change even though the storm may have gotten worse.
Third, fear’s attack against faith’s promise doesn’t change God’s promise or His ability to help you overcome. Fear has a great way of making you believe that what it says is real, but fear’s threats mean nothing when you place your trust in God’s promises. The only way to overcome fear’s threats is to have faith in God. Having faith in God is the surest action you can anchor onto in life. Faith in God will never fail you despite the storms and the length of those storms.
What are you facing today? Have your storms lasted for a long time, and does it seem as if the storm’s voice of fear is getting louder? My friend, if God promised to be with you in the storm and to get you through the storm, it doesn't matter how violent the storm may be or how long it has gone on; God will ALWAYS fulfill His promise. Don't lose faith! Believe God! You will never be disappointed when you place your faith and belief in God’s promises to secure you in the storms.