When the storms of life blow into our lives, we often ask – Why is this happening to me? And how can I get through it?
Let’s look at one storm in Paul’s life to see three ways God can turn your trials into triumphs:
Storms will help you learn to trust in God’s promises.
As Paul was sailing to Rome as a Roman prisoner, his boat was hit by such a fierce storm that most of those with him lost all hope of survival. But Acts 27:21-24 says:
“But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. (22) And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. (23) For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, (24) Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”
And God delivered on His promise: “And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land” (Acts 27:44)
You’ll be a more powerful witness as others see God is your Anchor.
Storms give us a chance to show unbelievers – like the sailors and Roman soldiers around Paul — that our God is an Anchor you can trust. I’ve known believers who’ve been stricken with cancer… or gone through a broken marriage… or an unexplained illness – which opened the door for them to share their faith in a powerful way with countless people who needed to know Jesus. Just like He did me in my cancer times.
God uses storms to shape you for greater things.
As we look at this story of how Paul survived the storm and shipwreck, I believe God was building him up, so he could be a more effective witness in what was the most prestigious place on earth.
You and I will always be more powerful for God to use after going through the storm, than if we’d just had a nice little Mediterranean cruise.
My friend, I don’t know what storm you may be going through today, but let me assure you, God can turn your Trials into Triumphs. He can turn your Mistakes into Ministry. He can turn your Disappointments into Appointments. You just need to look up and trust Him.