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I Believe God

Some place their trust, in the wisdom of another
Some search for light, in the dark
But like a child, I have come with simple faith
And the only One Who could change my heart

I believe God
I believe His Word is true
For I’ve seen what He can do
When I call upon His name
I believe God
So let the world say what they will
I will choose to serve Him still
Knowing He will never change
I believe God

Some say this life, is the only things that matters
Some say we live, then we die
But I’m convinced, that eternity awaits
So with every breathe, I will testify

God so loved this world, He gave His only Son to die
And that’s why…I believe God

…“Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I BELIEVE GOD, that it shall be even as it was told me.”

– Acts 27:25 KJV

If you are familiar with Brian Free and Assurance, you know that they set a very high standard concerning the lyrics of the songs that they sing.  When I read Acts chapter 27, I could picture the apostle Paul singing this song, I Believe God.  The lyrics of the song can be applied to some of the characters and their choices in the Biblical account.  But the reason this story stood out to me the most was when the apostle himself stated the exact phrase I BELIEVE GOD in verse 25!  For me, this realization caused a closer look at the story.  I sincerely pray that these correlations are not “too far out there,” but when you’re finished reading this post and hear this song by BFA, you will be reminded once again of Paul’s declaration in this passage of Scripture, and recalling all that he went through during it, will be able to stand in any difficult time and say yourself, I believe God…

The Story:
Let me give you a quick recap of where Paul was at this time in his life, … pull out your Bible and follow along with the story.  Paul was a prisoner being transferred to Rome for a trial, he was placed in the custody of an centurion, which took his prisoners by ship to their destination.  Sailing conditions were not favorable and they lost a lot of time because of it.  By this time they make it to a harbor in Crete, winter was setting in, making travel even more dangerous.  Paul admonishes them that if they try to go on, there will be danger and loss of the vessel, but the owner of the ship wanted to continue anyway.  The ship sets sail and encounters a terrible storm that blows them off course.  Tossed to and fro by the mercy of the wind, they begin throwing things overboard to lighten the load of the ship and above all ~ they lose hope.  Then, Paul stands up and reminds them of what he said before they left on this voyage – that there would be much damage to the ship and lives may even be lost.  Continuing, he tells them not to be afraid, for that very night the angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he must be brought before Caesar, and no man will lose his life through this storm, though the ship itself won’t make it.  And in verse 25, Paul uses the exact words “I believe God.”

Why Could Paul Sing This Song?
#1.  Back when they were in Crete, Paul advised that it would not be wise to continue on with the voyage, but they did.  The wording in verse 11 fit’s the idea of the first line in the song.  Verse 11 “Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.” I can almost hear Paul whisper to himself ~ “Some place their trust, in the wisdom of another…”

Sometimes I wonder if we don’t do what the centurion did when we come upon an obstacle or have to make a decision?  Forsaking godly counsel, we go with the flow and trust in the wisdom of men.  Paul wasn’t afraid to stand alone with good advise while everyone else was saying, “I think we should do this.”  Little did the centurion know that there was a much bigger problem on the horizon.  I think the lesson we can take away from this is, listen to godly counsel – placing your trust in the wisdom of man isn’t really a good idea!  Pray and seek God!

#2.  When the crew lost all hope and thought that they would die, Paul stood up and told them to “be of good cheer…there shall be no loss of any mans’ life…for there stood by me this night the angel of God.” (verses 22-23)  I love Paul’s faith.  Even though there was no way to control the ship and it was driven by the mercy of the sea…even though the storm was raging…even though everyone thought they would probably die…Paul gets up and says, “I believe God will do what He told me He would do.”  …Even when their circumstances weren’t improving, Paul’s life had that child like faith in his Heavenly Father.  He must have sounded crazy to the sailors who anticipated the ship’s destruction ~ “But like a child, I have come with simple faith, and the only One Who could change my heart, I believe God”…

Paul was in a physical storm that could have seriously injured his physical body.  In contrast, Believers many times find themselves in real situations that can seriously injure their spiritual lives if they lack a strong walk with Christ.  Someone once said, “Faith is a matter of the heart, not of the brain.”  There are trials and tribulations that arise and rock our foundations in life, may we be able to have that child like faith that no matter what happens, we believe God is still in control and has a purpose for everything.  Much easier said than done!  From time to time the Lord will stretch us spiritually so we can grow, and occasionally that requires us to push aside what seems logical and common sense and just trust that God will do what He’s promised.

#3 A few nights after Paul’s speech, they sensed that there was land near and checked the “fathoms” (a measuring system used to determine the depth of water).  Not wanting to get too close and get the ship stuck on the shores rock, they let the anchors down and waited for morning.  Verse 30 “And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the fore ship.” I’m guessing these guys didn’t believe Paul’s word about being saved from their situation, for here they were, taking the situation into their own hands trying to escape out of the ship to save their lives.  (Little did they know that the One who created the world was the One who was going to deliver them!)  What they were thinking we are not told, but it must have been only of themselves!  Paul catches them and tells the centurion, who keeps them from leaving the ship.  Yet, I can’t help but think, based on their actions for survival, that the second verse of this song can be applied to those shipmen… “Some say this life, is the only thing that matters, some say we live, then we die.

Obviously, these shipmen didn’t believe in God.  If they did, they wouldn’t have tried to leave the ship.  They were trying to ensure that their lives would not be harmed.  To me, these look like the actions of men who believe that this world is all that there is, and no matter what happens to everyone else, they wanted to live as long as possible.  Shipwrecks were not in that formula.  Imagine what must have been going through their minds when they were caught and forced to stay aboard?  Yet, in the end they saw that God made good on His word.  That crazy man named Paul who was so calm during the storm and claimed that an angel talked to him – well, maybe he wasn’t so crazy after all.  These men saw His faithfulness first hand, whether they believed in the end or not, we don’t know, but one thing is for sure…the hand of Jehovah was reaching out to them, giving them numerous opportunities to come to know Him, through the testimony of accomplishing what He said He would do.

A quick little summary of some things you might want to remember from this story…
Even though there was a enormous storm and a shipwreck to endure, God did what He said He would do – and everyone lived!  In the centurions case, it’s good to be reminded of the importance of heeding godly advise.  (Who knows?  If the centurion would have listened to Paul, maybe none of this would have happened?)  Concerning the shipmen who tried to escape, we see the Lord building His testimony among men.  Think about it, if they would have left the ship, they would never have seen His promise come true!  And for Paul, through his writings and from what we know of his life, I see a man whose whole being cries out with these lines…

But I’m convinced, that eternity awaits
So with every breathe, I will testify…
I believe God!

Author: lynnschronicles

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