How unusual! A teenage couple from Jacksonville, Florida, were swept out to sea as a riptide pulled them 1.5 miles from shore. No matter which way they swam they kept getting further and further out! Exhausted, they floated on their backs, fearing the end was near. They called out to God for help and shortly after were spotted and rescued by a passing boat. Ironically, the boat was named, “Amen.”
We normally tack on an “amen” at the end of prayers without much thought to its meaning. But in Scripture the “so be it” is used as a statement of confirmation. In today’s verse, it follows a burst of praise from Paul. He glorifies and praises God for His deliverance from evil and His promise to eventually bring him safely into His kingdom. Paul had been beaten, shipwrecked and persecuted. Although his life was not free of hardship, Paul remained confident that his future was secure and that nothing could touch his soul. Evil would never win.
I have the same confidence and my whole life can be an “amen.” Evil will not win in my life either as He has saved me completely (Heb.7:25). I have been rescued from the power of evil and no attack can touch my soul. Nothing can snatch me from His hand (John 10:29) and nothing can separate me from His love (Romans 8:38-39). He has promised and what He says is true and sure. No matter how many promises He has made they are all “Yes” in Christ (II Cor. 1:20) so I can continually say, “Amen.”
Thank you Lord, for the confidence You give!