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Believing God

Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. Acts 27:21-25 It is one thing to say that you believe in God and it is another thing to follow through in your belief. Most people claim that they believe in God, yet will not take any action following God and trusting Him in His word. From the text, the Apostle Paul spoke about his confidence on God that He will not let them get drown during a storm while they were in a ship. Rather than adapting the fear of all those that are with him, Paul placed his hope in God. King Hezekiah was commended because of his trust and belief in God. “In this way, King Hezekiah handled the distribution throughout all Judah, doing what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly” (2 Chronicles 31:20-21). Since this world has the written word of God, there is no reason to continue in unbelief once you are exposed to His word. There is a way to ensure that you experience the blessings of God: serve the Lord with all your heart! Trust God in His word. Hezekiah, king of Judah, lived in a dangerous and unbridled time. Idolatry was the popular religion of the day. Unbelief influenced his parents that they rejected God as well, yet he chose to believe God with all of his heart. His belief prompted him to worship God. He called on the people to offer their worship of the true God. God, true to His word, blessed him. His decision to follow God despite popular opinion was a manifestation of how strong his belief was to God. God will honor the heart that commits to believe and follow Him. “And as long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success” (2 Chronicles 26:5). In these times when worshiping God is not a fad or a craze and when the principalities are out to oppose Him, it takes courage and resolve to seek after God. When you do not set your heart to seek the Lord, calamity is the unavoidable result. The surest way to succeed in your actions is to believe God and diligently pursue His will for your life.


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