Week 52 Sunday

Whose I am, and whom I serve

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 27-28

Key Verse: Acts 27:23

In route to his “appointment” with Caesar; the apostle Paul – and those with him – ran into more than a little trouble.

During a tempest at sea, the ship on which Paul sailed – and all aboard – were about to be shipwrecked.  The Scripture says “when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”

But then Paul spoke up.  And he told them how “there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.”  And that he had been reassured that while the ship would be lost; they would be saved – and Paul would keep his appointment with destiny.

I love that turn of phrase, as the King James Version of the Bible puts it, “…whose I am, and whom I serve.”

Those six words speak volumes.

We have the opportunity to belong to God completely; and we can serve Him just as completely.  Do that – and your destiny is set.

Will it be free of troubles; a life without “tempests” of one form or another?  No.  In fact, there may particularly violent storms to endure as a person of faith.

But no storm will be faced alone; no tempest too great.  God simply will not allow His own to be dashed against the rocks.

So, as Paul would say, “be of good cheer” – all is as it should be.  And whatever your destiny might be – you go to it – held in the palm of God’s own hand.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your ever watchful care – especially in the storms of life.  AMEN

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