Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope (natural hope) that we should be saved was then taken away. 21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (he had supernatural hope from what was told him and that hope was an anchor for him in the storm).
Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.
Life can sometimes be full of storms. In the midst of life’s storms we can have strong confidence and be safe and secure if we anchor our soul in Bible hope. God never promised that there would not be storms John 16:33.
Some storms are like the storm JONAH faced Jonah 1:4, 5. He was disobedient and was running from his God ordained purpose and God’s presence.
Some storms are like the storm JESUS faced. He was obedient to the leading of the Spirit. Obedience to God’s will, will expose you to risk and storms Luke 8:22-25.
Some storms are like what PAUL faced in Acts 27:20-25. The people he was with would not obey the leading of the Spirit and wisdom of God. He was caught in a storm due to the “free will” of another human being.
This was the type of storm that we can use our authority in Jesus’ name to speak to in faith and make it go away but rather we have to use our faith to endure and stay anchored (an anchor stabilizes, secures, and keeps us from drifting). Hebrews 6:18, 19 tells us that the hope set before us in a promise can be laid hold of and it will anchor us. Hope will anchor our mind, will, and emotions. Hope as an anchor is sure and steadfast, safe and secure. For Paul on board the ship, all natural hope was taken away, yet his faith was not disturbed. He was sure and steadfast (safe and secure) because his faith was anchored in Bible hope, what God spoke to him through one of his messengers. We do not need an angelic visitation to hear from God to get hope. Hope to anchor us can come from God’s Word or God’s Spirit. In a storm shut off the natural and turn to God’s Word and Spirit.
1. Scriptures give hope.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
2. Spirit gives hope
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.