Acts 27:23-25 NKJV For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, (24) saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ (25) Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
Paul is being taken as a prisoner by ship to Rome, when the prison ship he is on encountered a horrible storm. The experienced sailors undergirded the ship and took all normal precautions to weather the storm (Acts 27:17-19) but the storm was too much for them and they soon gave up any hope that they would survive (Acts 27:20). But in the midst of the terrible storm Paul had an angelic visitation that reminded him of what Jesus told him months previously back in Jerusalem in a vision (Acts 23:11) telling him that he must bear witness of Jesus in Rome.
In the midst of the terrifying storms of life, it can be easy to get our eyes off the Lord or the Word He’s given us and look at the circumstance. Remember Peter walking on water and getting distracted by the wind and the waves. Paul certainly wasn’t the only person to lose sight of what the Lord has said in the midst of a fearful situation, but he didn’t have to.
Thankfully, the Lord sent an angel to encourage Paul, reminding him of the mission and what Jesus had told him. We all need reminded of the promises of God and His faithfulness sometimes when the winds of life begin to blow, but we may not all receive an angelic visitation. Here are some things you can do to stay grounded and avoid fear.
1) Remember what Jesus has said and His faithfulness. Write these things down.
2) Remind yourself of them. Write them on the mirror, put them on sticky notes & read them often (weekly, daily or hourly as needed).
3) Surround yourself with friends that will encourage you and remind you of God’s promises. Paul had an angel remind him of what God had said and though an angelic visitation. Though this would be pretty cool He has given us something even better, a family of Believers recreated in His likeness, filled with His power and glory. Find yourself some good faith-filled friends and turn to them when you are feeling discouraged. Not only will they remind you of what the Lord has said, they’ll also walk with you through the storm and back onto solid ground.