Surviving the Storm Through Shipwreck: The Shipwreck & Loss You Experienced Actually Gave You Exactly What Was Needed to Survive

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament scriptural account of the spiritual body of Jesus Christ which is the church as it was written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke in the book of Acts, More specifically, today’s passage is found in the twenty-eighth and final chapter of the book of Acts. When you come to this particular portion of passage you will find something presented in the opening verse that should in all reality present you with an overwhelming amount of hope and encouragement. If you read the final two verses of the twenty-seventh chapter you will find the following words which were recorded by the beloved physician—words which I might add were not written by hearing this account second hand, but actually experiencing them. If there is one thing that is quite unique and powerful about what we find in the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapters of the book of Acts it’s that what was written concerning the storm which came upon the apostle Paul, as well as all those who were aboard the ship which was bound for Rome was not written second hand after hearing about it from someone who was there, but it was written by one who went through the storm and was there with the apostle Paul. I WAS IN THE STORM! I WAS IN THE STORM WITH THE APOSTLE PAUL! I SURVIVED THE STORM TOO! I MADE IT THROUGH THE STORM! Perhaps one of the single greatest realities which is found within the final verses of the twenty-seventh chapter, as well as that which is found in the opening verse of the twenty-eighth chapter is that while it was true the apostle Paul survived the storm, it is also true that the beloved physician Luke survived the storm together with the apostle Paul. What’s more, is that if you read the words which are found at the beginning of the twenty-seventh chapter you will notice that the apostle Paul wasn’t alone when he went bound unto Rome. The beloved physician Luke took the time to write and include in this chapter that both he, as well as Aristarchus were together with the apostle Paul as they engaged in the journey to Rome. Aristarchus you will recall was together with the apostle Paul in Ephesus and was there when the riot broke out in the midst of the city because of Demitrius and those whom he stirred up and incensed against the apostle Paul. I happen to find it incredibly interesting and intriguing to think about and consider the fact that when the apostle Paul went bound to Rome he didn’t go alone, for he had two of his closest companions with him aboard that ship, for both Aristarchus and the physician Luke were with him. Oh, please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this awesome and tremendous reality, for to do so would be to miss the tremendous significance and importance of traveling together with others through trial, trouble, conflict and struggle. When we think about the apostle Paul making the journey unto Rome it is necessary that we recognize that he didn’t make the journey alone, but rather was accompanied by two of his closest companions in Aristarchus and Luke.

I am convinced that before we can truly get into that which is written and recorded within the twenty-eighth chapter of the book of Acts it is absolutely imperative that we recognize and understand the significance—not only of those who travelled with the apostle Paul, but also those who weathered the same storm the apostle Paul endured. Before I even get into what is found in the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapter of the book of Acts, I find it absolutely necessary to call and bring your attention to the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the second epistle which was written to the Corinthian congregation in the eleventh chapter. What’s more, is that I would also like to draw and call your attention to the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the fourth and tenth chapters of this very same chapter, for it is within this particular epistle the apostle had a great amount to say concerning conflict, struggle, trials and troubles, bonds and afflictions, and that which we face within this life. If we are going to truly understand that which is found in the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapters of the book of Acts it is expedient that we take a look at and examine the words which are found within these chapters, for when writing unto the Corinthian congregation the apostle Paul had a great deal to say about conflict and struggle—particularly and especially in a second letter that was written as an addendum to a first letter which was more correctional in nature. It would be in this second epistle and letter the apostle Paul wrote unto the Corinthian the apostle Paul would have much more to say regarding conflict and struggle, as well as that which we face in this life. If we are going to truly understand that which is written within the final two chapters found within the book of Acts it is necessary that we revisit the words which the apostle Paul wrote unto this congregation—this congregation which he would spend a year and a half investing himself and pouring his life into establishing as a vibrant community of Christianity and followers of Jesus the Christ. With that being said, I invite you to consider the words which the apostle Paul wrote in this second epistle written unto the Corinthian congregation beginning with that which is found written in the fourth chapter, then followed by that which is written in the tenth chapter, and finally followed by that which is written in the eleventh and twelfth chapters:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body othe dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:7-18).

“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: but I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do n to war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:1-6).

“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in jnourneyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities” (2 Corinthians 11:23-30).

“It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (wether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of couch an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:1-10).

It is quite clear from the words which are found and written within these four passages of Scripture that the apostle Paul was no stranger to conflict and struggle, nor was the apostle a stranger to bonds and afflictions. The apostle Paul made it perfectly clear that he had experienced a life in Christ which was filled with conflict and struggle, and a life in Christ which faced many hardships, trials and troubles, and would even go so far as to say that he gloried and boasted in his infirmities, in weakness, and in the afflictions he faced. What’s actually quite interesting and astounding when you think about and consider these passages is that when you come to the eleventh chapter you will find the apostle Paul reference the fact that he had been shipwrecked three times, and how he had spent a night and day in the open sea. It is unclear when the other two shipwrecks occurred within the life of the apostle Paul, and it is even more so unclear whether or not the night and day he spent in the deep was a reference to the storm which he had faced on his way to Rome. It is actually remarkable to think about and consider the fact that when the apostle Paul boasted of those things which qualified him to be a minister of Jesus the Christ, he spoke of afflictions, of trials, of conflict, of struggle, of bonds, of suffering, and of those things we would rather avoid than face head on. Four times within this single epistle the apostle Paul wrote about the conflicts and struggles we face in this life, and even wrote about his own conflicts and struggles which he faced on a regular basis since being converted to the Lord Jesus Christ. What’s more, is the apostle Paul would declare that although we walk according to the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. These words are in direct alignment with the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the epistle which was sent unto the congregation at Ephesus, for in that particular epistle the apostle Paul emphatically declared that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers of darkness, against rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places. That which the apostle Paul was declaring unto the Ephesian congregation was that more often than not the conflicts and struggles we face within this life are permitted by the living God and the Lord Jesus the Christ, and how despite the fact that He works all things together to the good of those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places, against rulers of darkness, against principalities, and against the gates of hell which can and will seek to prevail against us. The apostle Paul took a great amount of time to write concerning conflict and struggle within the epistles he wrote, and especially when writing to the Corinthian congregation, he spoke of the afflictions, the conflicts, the struggle, and the trials and troubles he faced within this life. The apostle Paul was absolutely unashamed and unreserved when it came to speaking about the conflicts and struggles he faced within this life, and even went so far as to boast about such conflicts and struggles as though they were badges of honor for the sake and name of Christ in this life. Oh how much we have to learn when we think and speak about the Christianity we brag and boast about in this part of the world that is free from persecution, free from suffering, and free from the trials which those in the early church faced.

When I come to the final verses of the twenty-seventh chapter, as well as the words which are found in the beginning of the twenty-eighth chapter of the book of Acts, I can’t help but come face to face with the fact that it is possible to survive the storms we face in this life. Most of the twenty-seventh chapter of the book of Acts described the great struggle, the great toil, and the great conflict the apostle Paul—together with all those who were aboard the ship headed to Rome—had with the great storm which came upon and against them. What I so absolutely love about what is written and recorded within the final verses of the twenty-seventh chapter, as well as the opening verse of the twenty-eighth chapter is that these verses emphatically describe how the apostle Paul, as well as all those who were with him aboard this ship bound for Rome not only survived the storm, but also survived shipwreck when they came to the island of Melita. SURVIVING THE STORM! SURVIVING SHIPWRECK! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but be wonderfully and powerfully convinced that not only is it possible to survive the storm(s) we face within this life, but it is also possible to survive shipwreck which takes place as a result of the storm. With that being said, I find it absolutely necessary and imperative that although it is possible to survive the storm, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when we survive the storm and yet suffer shipwreck as a result. If you read the four gospels which were written concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ you will find that the disciples themselves experienced storms as they walked with and followed Jesus the Christ. The first storm they faced and experienced they did while Jesus was present in the ship with them, for He was sleeping on a pillow in the midst of the storm. Fearful for their lives and for their safety the disciples cried out to Jesus the Christ, and He immediately rose from the place of His slumber, stood in the midst of the storm, and rebuked the wind and the waves. In response to the authority of the One who made the wind and the waves the storm immediately died down and all was made calm and all was brought to peace. As a direct result of Jesus standing in the midst of the storm and rebuking the wind and the waves no harm came to the disciples, nor did any harm come to the ship which they were in. What’s more is that the ship made it to and arrived at the destination it was intended . If you continue reading within the gospels you will find that there was a second storm which the disciples faced—one which found them heading to the other side while Jesus Himself dismissed the crowds and went up into a mountain to pray. It would during the night Jesus would look out upon the disciples and see them laboring, toiling and struggling against the wind and in the midst of the storm, and actually came unto them walking in the midst of the storm and walking on the waves and sea itself. Pause for a moment and consider the reality that not only did Jesus walk in the midst of the storm, but Jesus also walked on the very sea and waves which threatened to destroy both the disciples and the ship they were in. What’s more than this, is that Jesus actually invited Simon also called Peter to walk in the midst of the storm, as well as walking on the very sea and waves which threatened their lives and the ship they were in. When Simon took his eyes off Jesus and began looking at the wind and the waves he immediately began sinking, and cried out unto Jesus to save Him. Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, rescued Simon from the midst of the sea, and both entered into the ship as the storm completely and totally ceased, and all was made calm.

Within the four gospels you will find the disciples of Jesus the Christ facing and experiencing two distinct storms—one which found Jesus the Christ present in the ship with them, and one which Jesus the Christ was not present in, yet one which Jesus came unto them walking in the midst of the storm. How absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that in both cases Jesus would in fact be with them in the midst of the storms, as in the first storm He was present in the ship with them, and in the second storm He came unto them walking in the midst of the storm which threatened their lives, as well as the ship. In the case of the first storm Jesus stood in the midst of the storm and rebuked the wind and the waves, and all was made completely still and calm before the disciples who looked on with terror, awe, wonder, and even fear at One whom even the wind and the waves obeyed. In the case of the second storm we find Jesus walking in the midst of the storm, walking upon the sea and the very waves, thus showing the authority and power He had over both the sea and the storm to walk in the midst of the storm, and to walk upon the sea. WALKING IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM & WALKING UPON THE SEA! How absolutely remarkable and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that not only did Jesus walk in the midst of the storm, and not only did Jesus come unto the disciples walking upon the sea and the waves of the sea itself, but He also invited Simon called Peter to step out of the boat, to walk in the midst of the very storm which threatened his life and the lives of the other disciples, and to walk upon the very sea and waves which threatened to destroy both their lives and the ship. What’s interesting to consider as it pertains to these two storms is that not only were the storms silenced and brought to a place of peace and calm, but no harm or damage came to the ships the disciples were in. This, however, was not the case in the life of the apostle Paul as we find and read in the twenty-seventh chapter of the book of Acts, nor is it the case in what we read in the eleventh chapter of the second epistle which was written unto the Corinthian saints. If you read the eleventh chapter of the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints you will find the apostle Paul was shipwrecked—not once, not even twice, but three times—and as if that weren’t enough, the apostle Paul also spent a night and a day in the deep. What’s more, is that in the twenty-seventh chapter you find the apostle Paul together with all those who were aboard the ship weathering a storm which came upon them as they sailed to Rome, and even surviving the storm by the grace of God and by the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. While it is true the apostle Paul and all those who were present aboard this ship headed to Rome survived the storm which threatened their lives, they survived the storm, yet experienced shipwreck and a loss of the ship on which they were sailing. Please make note of this and pay close attention to it, for it brings us face to face with an incredibly astounding remarkable reality which must be understood within our hearts and lives.

SURVIVING THE STORM, YET SUFFERING SHIPWRECK! YOU MAY SURVIVE THE STORM, BUT MAY EXPERIENCE SHIPWRECK AS A RESULT! YOU MAY SURVIVE THE STORM, YET EXPERIENCE LOSS AS A RESULT OF THE STORM! IT IS POSSIBLE TO SURVIVE THE STORM, AND YET EXPERIENCE SHIPWRECK AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE STORM YOU ENCOUNTERED! When you read the final verses of the twenty-seventh chapter of the book of Acts you will find the following words which were written concerning the apostle Paul, all those who were aboard this ship bound and headed to Rome, and the ship itself which they were upon as they headed to Rome: “And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible to thrust in the ship. And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the fore part struck fast, and remained unloveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all save to land” (Acts 27:39-44). The words which we find within this passage of Scripture you will find that the apostle Paul, Luke, Aristarchus, the centurion, and all those who were aboard the ship would in fact survive the storm, however, surviving the storm would and did not mean they would not experience shipwreck as a result. Would it shock and even alarm you to know that it is possible to survive some of the storms we face in this life, and yet even though we survive the storms we face in this life, we experience shipwreck as a result? The apostle Paul emphatically declared in the second epistle which was written unto the Corinthian congregation that he experienced shipwreck three times, and I can’t help but ask myself and ask you who are reading the words of this writing how many storms you have survived. Not only must I ask how many storms you have survived, but I must also ask how many times you have been shipwrecked as a result. Oh it is true that you have survived some of the storms you have faced, but as a result of surviving the storms you have faced you have suffered shipwreck as a result. You managed to come out on the other side of the storm, and yet coming out on the other side meant that you suffered tremendous loss—perhaps of those things you thought and felt you needed to survive. The apostle Paul, Luke, Aristarchus, the centurion, and all those others who were aboard the ship headed to Rome would in fact come out on the other side of the storm, however, the ship which they were sailing upon would be destroyed as a result of surviving the storm. It’s actually quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that while they came out on the other side of the storm, the ship upon which they were sailing experienced damage, and the hinder part of the ship even broke apart because of the waves of the sea. This is actually quite unique and powerful when you take the time to think about it, for although those aboard this ship would experience shipwreck, it would actually be the shipwreck itself which would help some survive.

USING SHIPWRECK TO SURVIVE THE STORM! USING SHIPWRECK TO COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE! As I read the final verses of the twenty-seventh chapter of the book of Acts, as well as the opening verse of the twenty-eighth chapter I can’t help but come face to face with the fact that all those aboard this ship escaped save to land, and that when they escaped to land they learned that the island they had thrust upon was called Melita. I can’t help but be completely gripped and captivated by the fact that all those aboard the ship did in fact survive the storm, and yet despite the fact that they would survive the storm, they would experience shipwreck as a direct result. With that being said, it’s quite interesting to think and consider the fact that the shipwreck actually wound up helping some of those who were aboard the ship, for what the waves broke apart and thrust into the midst of the sea would actually be used by some who were on the ship to make it to the shore. Would it shock and surprise you to hear and to even think about the fact that it is possible that you might suffer shipwreck as a result of the storm(s) you find yourself in, and yet the shipwreck itself might actually be used to help you survive the storm. There were those who cast themselves into the sea and swam to shore, however, there were those who perhaps couldn’t swim, or those who perhaps weren’t strong enough swimmers to make it to the shore themselves and needed the wreckage from the ship to make it the shore. We must pay careful attention to this particular reality, for although you might suffer shipwreck as a direct result of the storm you found yourself in, the shipwreck itself actually provides you with that which can be used to come out on the other side of the storm. You might be like some of those who were present on this ship who aren’t strong enough to make it to shore by yourself, and you might need something else to help you make it safely to shore. You might be like those aboard this ship who might not have been strong enough to swim, and as a result of being strong enough to swim, you need something else to help you make it safely to shore. How absolutely intriguing it is to think about the fact that the shipwreck actually helped some of those who were aboard the ship to survive the storm, for what the waves destroyed from the ship would actually produce boards and broken pieces of the ship which some would use to make it safely to the shore. Oh, you might very well suffer shipwreck as a result of the storm you are in, and as a result of the storm you have just come out of, and yet the shipwreck actually provides you with all you need to make it to the other side of the storm and to come aground and safely to land. How absolutely wonderful and awesome it is to think about the fact that shipwreck might very well destroy the ship as a whole, however, the waves of the sea and the force of the shipwreck broke apart boards and pieces of the ship which you can use to make it safely to the shore. It was in fact true that the waves of the sea did destroy the hinder part of the ship, and did in fact break it apart, however, it would be those pieces of the ship which would be used by some—perhaps many—who were aboard this ship to make it safely to land with their lives still in tact. Oh the ship itself might very well have been destroyed, however, the shipwreck itself would break apart that which was whole in order to provide that was needed on an individual basis. What all the passengers and prisoners used together as a whole would be broken apart and would provide for each individual exactly what they would need to survive the storm and come out on the other side.

This writing is the final writing of this year and I can’t help but get the strong sense that as we come to the end of this year and prepare to enter into a new year the Spirit is speaking to us about the storms we face within our lives. I firmly believe that on this last and final day of this year the Spirit of Jesus the Christ is speaking to us concerning the storms we face and is not only declaring unto us that it is possible to survive the storm and come out on the other side, but we might very well suffer shipwreck as a direct result of the storm. I don’t know what storms you have faced this year, and I don’t know what storms have threatened your life this year, but if you are reading these words then it means you are still here and you have survived and are presently surviving. With that being said, I feel and believe very strongly within my heart and spirit that there are many who have experienced storms within their lives this year, and in the midst of those storms the storm itself was never ceased. The wind and the waves were never brought to stillness, nor did they ever experience the wind and the waves calming down and all being made calm. Despite the fact the disciples found themselves in the midst of the ship with Jesus standing in the midst of the storm and rebuking the wind and the waves and all being made calm, and despite the disciples experiencing Jesus walking in the midst of the storm and walking upon the water and the waves, such individuals experienced no such reality within their lives. What they did, however, experience was the storms within themselves being spoken to, as the storms of fear, flight and fatigue were spoken to, and faith, trust, confidence and hope were inspired within them. Even with that being said, they would weather the storm that came upon them—perhaps suddenly and without warning—and would never experience the calming of the waves, the wind dying down, and would not see the light of day for many days. Oh this might very well describe you right now, for not only have you not seen the light of day, but you have also only known the wind and the waves and the raging of the sea all around you. The voice of the One who made the wind and the waves never spoke to the storm you were in, and you were forced to weather the storm as you were continually exposed to the wind, the waves, the rain, and the tumultuous sea raging all around you. Despite the fact that the storm you found yourself facing never ceased nor died down, you survived the storm and came out on the other side. You survived the storm, however, you experience shipwreck as a result, and that which you thought you needed within your life was broken apart and broken into pieces. Oh there are times in our lives when we must weather the storms we face, and there are times within our lives when as a result of weathering the storms we face and encounter we suffer shipwreck and suffer the loss of many things within our lives. There are times within our lives when we experience the breaking apart of that which we once had within our lives, and there are times within our lives when weathering the storm means that we suffered much loss and much damage—not of our lives, but of that which we trusted and relied upon. What’s more, and with that being said—the shipwreck we faced and experienced was not meant to destroy us, but was meant to provide us with just enough to escape the storm and make it safely to land. I realize there are many who would not think that shipwreck could actually be useful in this life, however, if there is one thing this passage reveals, it’s that shipwreck actually provides us with that which we need to escape the storm, to escape the sea, and to make it safely to the shore with our lives still in tact.

I sit here this morning and I firmly believe that it is possible to survive the storms we face in life—whether because Jesus stands up in the midst of the storm and rebukes the wind and the waves, or because Jesus comes to us walking the midst of the storm upon the wind and the waves and all becomes calm as He enters into the boat, or because shipwreck is the ultimate result of the storm, and it is actually the breaking apart of the ship that provides us with what we need to make it safely to shore. Think about it for a moment—if the ship itself was not broken apart, and if boards and broken pieces of ship weren’t thrust into the water, there might very well have been those aboard that ship who might not have made it safely to shore. The angel of God declared unto the apostle Paul that he had given him all those who were aboard the ship, and that there would no damage to any one’s life itself, but only to the ship. With that being said, it would the damage done to the ship that would produce what a number of those aboard the ship would need and use to survive the storm, escape the sea, and make it safely to shore. It might very well be that you were meant to survive the storm, and were meant to suffer shipwreck as a result of the storm, however, it would be the shipwreck itself that would provide you with exactly what you would need to survive the storm and the sea and make it safely to shore. There are times in our lives when we must go through the storm, and must even suffer shipwreck as a result, and yet it is the shipwreck itself which actually helps us to escape the sea and to come out on the other side of the storm. There are times in our lives when shipwreck is necessary, for it is through shipwreck and the pressure and force of the waves that breaks apart the whole in order to give us just what we need to survive the storm and make it safely to land. Oh, if you are weathering a storm right now, I encourage you to continue holding on and to not lose heart. Even if you are going to face and experience shipwreck as a result of the storm you are in, it is the shipwreck itself which is designed to provide you with exactly what you need to survive the storm and to come out on the other side of the storm you have just come through. You weren’t meant to die in the midst of the storm that threatened your life, but were meant to have the storms inside you silenced and brought to a still as you escaped the storm using the shipwreck itself, as it provided you with just what you needed to step on to land—particularly and especially if it has been quite some time since you have seen land, if it has been quite some time since you have seen the light of day, and perhaps even since it has been some time since you have experience peace, rest and sleep because the storm which raged around you has caused you to experience many sleepless nights. With that being said, the most important thing to recognize and understand is that you were meant to survive the storm in order that you might step into and fulfill that which the living God and the Lord Jesus Christ have called you to just as the apostle Paul was destined and meant to stand before Caesar and appear in Rome to bear witness and testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. You might very well be forced to weather a storm, however, the storm was not meant to destroy you, and the shipwreck might actually be used to provide you with what you need to survive the storm, make it safely to shore, and enable you to step into and fulfill that which you have been called to do for the sake and name of the Lord Jesus the Christ.

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