Devotional For Leaders (June 21)

Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7
Life Application: I can trust God to give me the power to face my fears no matter what comes next.

Paul had no idea what was coming at him when he boarded a ship to Rome. He did know that the season for sailing was coming to an end and advised the crew to take shelter during the winter months.

He was overruled. Soon the ship was swamped by a storm called a “northeaster.” Even the seasoned sailors feared for their lives as they reinforced the boat with ropes and tackle. Unable to see sun, stars, or light at the end of the tunnel, the terrified men quit eating and quit hoping.

If Paul was afraid, he didn’t let on. He stood on deck and urged the men to take courage. Paul shared the news that an angel had appeared to him with the good news that the crew would survive. God had a plan for Paul to preach in Rome. Paul believed that come high water or horrible weather, God intended to carry out that plan! He declared, “I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me!” (Acts 27:25)

Paul was a model of confidence to his scared shipmates. How about you? Is your faith unshakable when life is uncertain? Will your confidence in God be catching to the kids at VBS? Before you teach, pause for a moment and compose a list of things you know to be absolutely true about God. Pray that boys and girls will learn to hang tightly to those truths, no matter what rocks their world.

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