Be of Good Cheer

And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.  But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 

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.  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Acts 27:13-14, 22-25

When they encountered this tempestuous wind, the passengers (and crew) of this ship were probably nervous.  Going through storms is never easy.  Often, during the storm, people wonder if they are even going to make it through the storm.  But Paul stood up and gave some words of encouragement.  “… be of good cheer…” and “Fear not.”

Hearing words like those in the midst of the storm is helpful and comforting.  But they are only helpful and comforting if they are coming from a reliable source.  Paul had the most reliable source possible: God Himself.  The angel of God told Paul that, while the ship would be lost, there would no lives lost in the storm.  When God says that you are going to make it through the storm, then you are going to make it through the storm.

In the last verse, Paul says something that we should also say when we find ourselves in a storm of life: “…sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”  When we are in a storm, we simply need to look to the Lord and remember that He has promised to bring us through it!

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