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2 Corinthians 11:25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been shipwrecked. I haven’t. But the apostle Paul was shipwrecked three times. Paul told Timothy, “Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked”

I have seen people who have had their faith shipwrecked. They experience a tragedy, and they say they’ve lost their faith. I would suggest that the faith they had wasn’t faith in the right thing, because a faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.

We all hope for clear sailing on the sea of life but invariably life has its shipwrecks, things that happen that don’t make sense. The Bible says, “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:3–4).

If your faith can’t stand a test, then it isn’t in the right place. Get rid of it and replace it with real faith in a real God. I believe when Christians go through a crisis, their faith will not be destroyed. They should not lose their faith. Their faith will grow stronger if they cling to the Lord in the midst of it.

There are times in life when there are no storms. There are no shipwrecks. Thank God for those days. But after you have lived a while, you know something about storms. One is always on the way, maybe not tomorrow, next week, or next month, but a storm will come. So be prepared.

David Ball