"And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat." Acts 27:35
This scripture passage comes from the story of Paul when he was a prisoner on a ship heading to Rome. The ship had been caught in a storm for the past fourteen days. At this point Paul had received a word from the Lord that the ship would be destroyed but all the men would be saved. No one had eaten during the whole time. So Paul then admonishes them to take bread and as they did he gave thanks.
When you are in a storm, "take bread and give thanks". Don't wait until the storm has passed. Bread represents the Word of God. Keep yourself "nourished" with God's Word. Partake of it often. Feast on it. Consume it. Hold on to it. Believe it. His Word will give you strength, courage, guidance, enlightenment, wisdom, faith and everything else you need. Don't neglect His Word.
When you are in a storm, don't neglect to give God thanks. Prayers of thanksgiving and praise will bring His presence into your situation. Again, don't wait until the storm has passed to give thanks. He is worthy of praise, honor and thanksgiving regardless of the situation that you are in. Thanking Him even in the storm will get your eyes on Him and help you to refocus-- which will in turn strengthen your faith. When we are constantly focused on our situation, it robs us of our faith and breeds fear and discouragement. Thanksgiving will put us back where we need to be-- trusting the Lord to see us through.
So if you are facing a storm today, keep "eating" God's Word and giving Him thanks.
Have a great day. When you are facing a storm, don't neglect God's Word and giving Him thanks.
For further reading:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
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