“All Hope Was Gone” – Dr. Bruce Branan

April 24, 2017

“The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.” – Acts 27:20

Towards the end of Acts Paul is being shipped to Rome to face Caesar, but his ship has encountered an incredible storm.  You know things are bad when seasoned sailors are tying ropes around the ship just to keep it together, and then throwing the rest of the tackle overboard to lighten the ship!  Even with raging storms and darkness around them for days at a time, Paul and his friends had hope, which they shared with the sailors and Roman guards with them.   Paul said that God’s plan was for him to stand before Caesar--God was completely aware and in control the entire time!   Where is your hope?  What will happen to your hope when “storms” come along and neither you nor some institution in which you’ve placed your trust are big or strong enough to weather it?

In Dr. Kinlaw’s devotional, This Day With the Master, he wrote, “In our day of swaying values and relative ‘truths,’ when the world pressures all Christians to accept some other help besides God, we need to remember that the God of the Old Testament is still our God...Society will offer a thousand crutches on which to lean, but each one will fail and will ultimately be destructive if we turn to it for security rather than to God Himself.”

CORNERSTONE:  Holiness

- Dr. Bruce Branan, Professor of Chemistry

 

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