Acts 27:20 "When Hopeless, Hope in God! on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of July 9, 2018
When Hopeless, Hope in God!
Acts 27:20, “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned."
Beloved, when circumstances overwhelm us and all hope is abandoned- we still must hope in the Lord! Picture the scene- Paul is on his way to Rome to stand trial before Caesar and has been placed on a ship sailing towards Rome when a tempest, a strong storm, hits the ship and causes panic. The situation turns so bleak that “all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned."
Beloved, have you ever felt hopeless? Allow me to share a story of a woman on the brink of hopelessness.
“I gripped the steering wheel of my car and stared at the hospital emergency doors. My heart pounded furiously, like a time bomb waiting to explode. The pressure in my head was almost unbearable. The invisible weight on my chest felt like someone dropped a sledgehammer on me. Thoughts raced through my mind. I wanted to scream but could barely breathe a whisper. I just sat there lonely, afraid, shattered and completely empty inside.
Should I check myself into the hospital? What if they admit me in the psychiatric ward and won't let me go home? Who will take care of my children? Will my husband still love me? What if my friends find out?
Reaching for my phone, panic rushed over me like a tidal wave. A pool of tears cascaded down my face, as I cried, Jesus, please help me!”
Beloved, many Christians, like this lady, struggle with times of despair. In like manner, those on the boat with Paul felt that they had lost all hope of survival, “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.”
But Paul knew better. God had promised that Paul would indeed make it to Rome and though it looked bleak, Paul trusted in God.
Beloved, when everything looks bleak- turn to God! Psalm 34:15,17-18 says, “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. 17When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
By the way- the lady in the story eventually got help through Christ and the Body of believers!
Hoping in Jesus!
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of July 2, 2018
Freedom John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Beloved, we soon will once again celebrate the great freedom, which we have in these United States of America. Though we are enduring a rather painful environment of hostility and division, each American can celebrate this freedom. So, grill your hamburgers and blow up your fireworks! Freedom should be celebrated!
As believers, we should also celebrate the freedom that Christ has given us through His precious blood spilled on Calvary. We now possess the freedom to say no to sin and yes to God. Before we were believers, we were stuck in our sin unable to break away. It was Christ’s death on the Cross, which set us free to live the life that God has always intended for us to live!
The joy of the resurrection life in Christ frees us to live with love for God and neighbor without the burden of legalistic expectations. No one ever gets it right all of the time. But with the Spirit of Christ guiding us, we aim to live by grace and love in Jesus’ name, following his example.
So celebrate your freedom in America and celebrate the incredible freedom you have in Christ Jesus. We now have the freedom to live for Him!
I pray that you will have a blessed and safe Fourth of July and a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!