In the Eye of the Storm God is in Control (Acts 21-26)

For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:23–25, AV)

In 2015, Ryan Stevenson put forth a song titled, “Eye of the Storm.” The song contains the following lyrics.

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm

As believers, we are not immune to the storms of life. I have been through many. In 1987, I was laid off from a job in Chicago Illinois. It was totally unexpected. I searched for three months, sending out over 200 resumes and found nothing. There was one place that I did not want to go, Savannah Georgia. However, in desperation, I called someone I knew in Minnesota and he told me to call a company in Savannah. With no other options, I did. Two weeks later I was working as a Plant Engineer in Savannah.

As I look back at the move to Savannah, I can see that God had His hand all over the move. He had previously put it on my heart to preach the gospel, but the transition to Savannah was essential for me to respond to this calling. In Savannah, I had the opportunity as a member of the Gideon’s International to preach gospel messages in the State Prison. I joined a church there and later did an interim pastorate after the pastor resigned. I began seminary studies in a local extension and received a Master and Doctor of Ministry degrees. It was there where I answered the call to vocational ministry and planted a church. In Chicago I found myself in the eye of the storm, but through it all God was in control.

Paul and his shipmates were literally and figuratively in the eye of the storm. The ship’s crew tried everything humanly possible to negotiate the storm but nothing worked. The ship was doomed. Yet, Paul was confident in the Lord God who would see him through the storm. The ship’s crew tried to set out four anchors to secure the ship. This effort failed. Yet, Paul had a solid anchor for the soul in the Lord Jesus. Paul trusted his solid anchor and assured those around him that they would also be safe.

All of us will go through the storms of life. They are not easy and we also do not look forward to them. The storm may come in the area of health, relationships, finances, occupations, etc. Yet for believers, we do have a solid anchor in the midst of the storm. It is not a guarantee that we will never encounter storms but that in the storm the Lord will hold us fast as we wait it out. Be of good cheer. God has a plan and you are secure in it.

In the eye of the storm, He remains in control.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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