Life is marked by transitions–
We want to believe that everything is in the hands of our Heavenly Father–He brings war to create order (Isa 42:13); He leads the blind (Isa 42:16); He turns darkness into light (Isa 42:16). This tells us that life is not a bed of roses–War/order—blind needing to be led–darkness which needs light.
In Acts 27, Paul, as a prisoner, sails for Rome. He and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officer named Julius. He was later put on an Egyptian ship bound for Italy. The weather had been a great difficulty, sailing was slow and time was being lost. The weather had become “dangerous”.
Paul spoke to the men saying, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on–shipwreck loss of cargo and danger to our lives”. However, the officer in charge chose not to listen to Paul. Sure enough, just as Paul said, the wind of typhoon strength burst across the island and blew them out to sea. Eventually, the crew was throwing cargo and gear overboard. But Paul was told by an angel, “Don’t be afraid, God in his goodness has granted safety to all of the sailors.
Life is marked by transitions—Paul received word that safety would be afforded to all of the sailors. What about our life when we are not sure of the results of our present transition? Paul knew that trouble was ahead, but he also knew God was in control. The prisoners listened to Paul but they didn’t have the authority to change the direction of the ship. The officer in charge chose not to listen to Paul and the ship was led into the great storm.
Are you a Paul—know what lies ahead, but are you trusting God? Are you a prisoner—really don’t know what to think nor think you can do anything about your situation? Maybe you are like the officer, not interested in listening. Even though all of their lives were spared, who do you think trusted in the promises of God during the transition?
We read in Job 38-40 the words that our God spoke to Job reminding him of God’s greatness-Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: 2 “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? 3 Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. God asked him where he was when He laid the foundation of the earth? Did he know where the gates of death are located? Where does light come from? Can you direct the movement of the stars? Do you know when the wild goats give birth? Have you given the horse its strength? In 40:2. “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers? (NLT)
As you go through your present transition, will you rest in God or will you like the sailors try to bring your ship to safety in your own might?