when the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the adriatic sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. so they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. a little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. and fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. [acts 27:27-29]


what god are you crying out to in your most desperate need?


when we are most desperate – we cry out for help?

who are you crying out to when you cannot rescue yourself, when all hope is lost, when you have no other option?


paul had heard from God and trusted – his God’s voice, his word, his promise. he was all in with his life and soul. fourteen days into this crises at sea and paul was all in with God.

the sailors – were crying out to their pagan gods. they were not Christ followers so when it says they began to pray for “day to come” – we assume they were crying out to their gods.

who do you cry out to?


back up from thinking about armageddon – the crisis of all crises – and answer this questions: who do you cry out to when you fail, when you cannot make the relationship happen, when you can’t seem to figure things out, when you are really frustrated? i am not asking who you cry out to when you are about to die – but, who do you cry out to when your day is in shambles?

day to day crises reveal our true gods.

day to day needs reveal where we go when we can’t meet those needs.

day to day struggles reveal where our hope lies, our peace rests, and our joy is found.


today – where will you go in the day to day struggles? – it will reveal the true god you worship.

begin this day – crying out to the only god who is alive, who can hear, that you can trust!

begin this day – trusting your life and your soul to the king of Kings – Jesus.

he is listening. he is waiting. he is with you.

he is GOD!


cry out to him now.

o Lord, God of my salvation, i cry out day and night before you. let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! [psalm 88:1-2]



~ john ryan