The Path of the Promise
God’s promises are yea and amen. God will keep His word. He has made great and mighty promises to His people. He has made promises to you. He promises to deliver you from many afflictions. He pardons all our iniquities and heals all our diseases.
God promised Paul he would preach in Rome. The path there was not what he must have expected.
You must change your attitude.
“Be of good cheer.” Acts 27:25
Paul traveled to Rome in the company of the centurion Augustus. Allowed to worship in a town along the way, Paul could have escaped. However, the promise was to preach in Rome. So, he had to keep an attitude of staying on the path. We have to stick to the call and promise regardless of the path it takes us.
You must stay on board.
“Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” Acts 27:31
On the trip, they went through very rough seas. We will meet contrary winds. Sometimes the path to the promise will not look the way we expect.
You must cut loose from things that hold you back from the promise.
“So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.” Acts 27:32
Then, the path became more comfortable on a large, luxurious Alexandrian ship. But it was the time of year for devastating storms. They debated traveling through the storm or waiting out the storm. The man of God, Paul, advised to wait out the storm, but they chose to move for more comfortable circumstances. Things became very discouraging. All hope was lost. Satan will try to discourage us from our promise.
God can use broken things. “…the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding surf.” Acts 27:41