This week at Ignite we have been talking about staying the course, staying on board, even in and during life’s toughest storms. Acts 27 is where we were studying and how Paul had been told by God that he was to go to Rome and stand before Caesar. There Paul boarded the ship headed for Italy, beginning what would be a very difficult journey, but knowing that he was going to where God had told him he would.
Paul knew exactly who he was and he knew exactly where he had come from. In his testimony he speaks about his home, his family, his education - the persecution he has endured, the trials and the challenges. In his letters we read of the faithfulness of Christ, the power of His resurrection, the preeminence of Jesus at the center of Paul’s life and ministry. But in Acts 27 he is on a difficult journey, where the fear of death and destruction is real, but the promise of God holds him steady, and helps him to stay on board and stay the course.
Each of our students has a story. Each has a past, a home, a family and an education that has led them to this next step of attending college. And for the most part, our students are here in Christiansburg, VA at LPC-Ignite, because they have answered a call and/or sensed that God was directing them to attend school here. But the journey and challenges of attending Bible college can be extremely difficult.
The reminder for each of us, as we read of Paul’s life and journey in the Acts of the Apostles, is that regardless of the storm or how difficult the journey may appear, we must stay on board and we must stay the course. God must be kept in the equation; we must not rely on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him and he will make our paths straight (Prov. 3:5,6). We all have storms in life we must endure, and if we stay the course we will have victory upon our arrival in the end. Stay faithful, stay on board, keep pressing in, and be encouraged by the words of Paul, “keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (Acts 27:25).
— Michael Larkin, PhD.