Remember what comes before your ‘nevertheless’.

Remember what comes before your ‘nevertheless’.

Acts 27:26 “Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

Even though the end result is good news in that He saves us, nevertheless, we are going to be shipwrecked onto an island we had never planned to visit.

Some days are shipwreck days. Some days we are pushed by storms into places we never wanted to be. However, focus is everything, let me show you something and it is centred on the word ‘nevertheless’.

He saves us nevertheless we get shipwrecked.

Or

We get shipwrecked nevertheless He saves us.

The latter sentence structure is more comforting than the first.

It is like when Jesus told his disciples in John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The comfort is in the fact that the positive is at the end of the sentence, the focus is there.

However there are days when we have to go down unknown paths so much so that, ‘He saves us’ loses its impact. It doesn’t appear in the sentence, it doesn’t have the impact that it should and it is of no help. Our whole attention is now on the bad news. This is the point, sometimes your nevertheless is so huge you lose sight of what has previously been promised to you. Focus is everything.

Today if you are facing a shipwreck, if you are being told you are going down unfamiliar paths and it is causing fear then do not lose focus on what has also previously been told you. That Jesus is your Saviour, your Healer, your Restorer and your Guide. It is the other side of your ‘nevertheless’ so you need to bring it to you, you need to recall them to you, you need to hold that truth when you simply ‘must run aground on some island.’

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