Be of Good Cheer!

Spring is almost here! Last week in the Kansas City area, we actually had SUNSHINE!!!! Sunshine and warmer weather (at least for a few days). It was great. It was a taste of what is coming. A new season. Have you ever noticed how long some seasons appear to be? We say things like, “When will winter end?” and before you know it, we are saying, “When will winter get here?”

Sometimes seasons in our lives are like that. It seems so long since the sun has shined, we almost forget what it felt like. Seasons we face (and we all do) feel like storms. We say things like, “When will it end?”

In the book of Acts, Paul had an experience that I believe we can all relate to at some level:

Acts 27:14-20 “But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day the lightened the ship. And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”

Paul was on a ship, the ship was in a storm, and Paul was being tossed around. It had been days since they had seen the sun, and the crew started to question if they would make it. Does that sum it up?

All hope seemed gone until Paul heard from God! Paul stood up in the midst of the storm and declared to the crew, “Do not be afraid. I heard from God, and we are going to make it!” (Acts 27:21-25)

The sunshine last week was just a little reminder from God that the sun will shine again. I pray whatever you are facing this week, this devotional will be your reminder that the sun will shine again. You will make it! Seasons come and go, but God is always there, and God is faithful. Paul knew he had heard from God, and he told the men, “Be of good cheer: for I believe God.”

Father, this week, wherever we are in our seasons of life, thank You for reminding us that with You we can and will make it. Thank You for reminding us that a new season is right around the corner. And thank You for speaking hope to those who are faced with seemingly hopeless situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Psalm 89:8-9 “O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?…Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.”

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