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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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It was some years ago, but I remember when they closed our local airport. Yeah, there was a violent storm at Newark airport, and thousands of people had their plans suddenly changed. Storms have a way of doing that. Did you ever notice that? There's a snow storm, for example, and schools and businesses oh, they all had their plans made for the day, and suddenly all those plans are out the window. Meetings that had to be today are amazingly rescheduled. Planes and ships are diverted or blown off course. You see, a storm is a classic embodiment of that familiar phrase, "Due to circumstances beyond our control..." Maybe you're in the middle of a storm right now. Your life, your plans are being blown around, and it seems like everything is out of control. I've got good news for you today.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Surprises in the Storm."

Now, our word for today from the Word of God is going to come from Acts 27 . It's about surprises in the storm. Now, I don't know where your storm is right now, but maybe there's something that is just blowing your life out of control. By the way, if you're not in a storm, well just stay tuned; you'll have yours pretty soon. That's just the way life is. You're just waiting and yours is on the way, because we all get them. Now maybe in your life right now things are just suddenly out of control financially or at work. Or there's a family situation that you just can't seem to change. Or it could be that your health has suddenly become turbulent. Somehow there's an out-of-control time in your life. Well, you'll be able to relate to Paul's storm in Acts 27 .

What was happening was that he was being taken by Roman soldiers on a grain ship from Israel to Rome. They had a lot of water to cross to get from where Israel is and to cross the ocean and to get over to Italy where they needed to be, and in the middle of all this they encountered a terrible storm that lasted for fourteen days. Hurricane strength, we're told in Acts 27:20 , "When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved."

Now, if you've ever felt like all your points of reference were gone, you couldn't see the sun, the moon, the stars—all the things you usually count on, the storm was that bad. The things you were able to hang on to before, they're not there. Well, maybe you're there right now, and you know what, it is easy to give up hope. Well the outcome of the story you need to take note of. It says, "Everyone reached land in safety." They were blown into the rocks after two weeks, but it says they were on an island. And in chapter 28 we found out the island was called Malta. Do you know where Malta is? It's on the southern coast of Italy.

It's right where they had been heading all the time. Oh, they'd been out of control for two weeks or so it seemed, but the whole time they had been out of control they had been right on course and so are you. Nahum 1:3 says, "The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and the storm."

Now it may feel like you're either going nowhere right now or you're on the verge of disaster; maybe on the verge of being blown on the rocks. But remember, the surprise in the storm is this: that God uses these out-of-control times. He uses them to blow His children right where they were supposed to go all along. I know it feels like your life is out of control, but you know what? You're really right on course.

 

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+9 By Jeffrey Flaker on October 20, 2011 at 6:13 am
AMEN Ron!
Whether it is a storm or a broken road......I revel in the storm and celebrate that broken road. I never used to, but I now realize that it is God using things in my life to mold me or move me to his will.
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-6 By marvin purser on October 20, 2011 at 6:46 am
It is amazing how we give God credit for timing the storms of life, but pray for rain. Cracks me up.
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+5 By Bethany Pearce on October 20, 2011 at 7:26 am
Our Father is not a God of coincidence. Our son just lost his job yesterday and his wife is expecting their first baby and their lease has run out on their apt. We are all reeling right now, but know that God is in the midst of this storm and we can trust HIM to be there for us all and to take them where HE wills them to be! Thank you!
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-1 By George Nelson on October 20, 2011 at 8:40 am
Marvin:

I feel sorry for you. I'm sure you know what Ron is getting at. You being a minister and all.
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+3 By MJ on October 20, 2011 at 10:54 am
My husband lost his job after 17 years due to the plant moving to another state. After several interviews, he finally got called back for a second interview and a "tag along" day to see if he liked it. We were sure he was going to get the job but didn't. Thanks for the reminder to keep trusting God in this storm he is allowing us to go through.
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+3 By Jeannie on October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am
Amen! Indeed, we are on the right course.
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+1 By Rhonda T on October 21, 2011 at 12:42 am
Thank you so much for this..."A surprise in the storm." Cause right now we are going through the biggest storm ever!
Rhonda
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+1 By shadrack wakhungu on October 25, 2011 at 5:39 am
you real spoke to my life.im in the midst of a critical storm but know i know iwill overcome it
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0 By vincent m on June 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm
i'm in a storm like i never been before.i was a teen bible study leader and i let these kids down by walking away from God although they're growning in CHRIST I'M BACKSLIDE AND I'M TRY TO RECOVER BY PRAYING,READING AND SOMETIMES GOING TO CHURCH.IM CAN GET BACK TO PRAISING AND WORSHIPING GOD. LOSING THE LITTLE FAITH I AHVE LEFT.IF I DON'T GET A BREAK,IF GOD DOESN'T MOVE FAST I WILL BE LOSING MY FAMILY AND EVERYTHING GOD HAS GIVING ME.
LOST AND CAN'T FIND THAAT ROAD THAT GOD HAD ME ON.
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