When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. Acts 27:39 (NIV)
After weeks in swirling, dark clouds, winds that ripped sails and threatened to break the ship, after being pelted with sheets of rain and angry waves, something changed. Fourteen dawns had come and gone without any noticeable difference in their circumstances or outlook. But on this morning, there was evidence of change: light and land. Daylight was proof that they had made it through the darkest hours, and through this hazy light, they could see beyond the threat of drowning. They did not recognize the place, but the sight of land determined their direction and strengthened their hope. Finally, Paul’s prophetic assurance was being manifested to all you remained in the vessel. (Act 27:26).
Be encouraged by the signs of daylight, the lifting of the clouds will reveal His will in response to your prayers. Night is coming to an end, Embrace the day and joyfully make the decision to proceed towards the goal set before you. Do not be afraid, but give thanks for the light of hope and the land in view.
The lessons are:
- Give thanks because change is happening. Do not wait until you have landed to acknowledge that light is breaking through the thinning clouds of disappointment, despair and doubt.
- Stay focused on the land in view. Your energy is no longer to be spent on surviving in your current surroundings, but in pursuit of the place of promise.
- Move towards the light and land – you may be battered but you cannot give up now. May your faith persuade you to go forward.
Read: Acts 27 (focus 39-40)
Write: There is still a bit more for you to do in getting to solid ground – what do you think you are being called on to do in this situation? Are you willing to take brave action in pursuit of your peace and promise? Declare your determination to reach the ‘land’ in view.
Pray: ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication