Tag: Paul’s warning

God’s guidance in the storm at sea!

Scripture reading for June 11th:  Acts 27

After listening to Paul, King Agrippa stated that Paul could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.  But because of that, he must go to Rome for trial.  They made arrangements and sent Paul and some other prisoners by ship to Rome.    They made it as far as Crete when contrary winds hindered their progress.  Storms often lashed the area during winter and Paul, by the Spirit, warned them against venturing further.   However, the Roman Centurion listened to the ship owner and pilot and ventured onward!

They had not sailed much further when a strong storm hit the ship.  The wind blew for many days and out of fear they threw much of the cargo overboard.  Most on board gave up any hope of being saved and quit eating food out of their despair.  Paul finally stood up and told them that they should have taken his earlier advice, but he had more if they would listen now.  “But now take courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.  Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar.; and God has graciously give you the lives of all who sail with you.”  (Acts 27:22-24)  This time, the Centurion listened to Paul.

As the storm progressed, they knew that the ship was approaching land.  Some soldiers tried to lower life-boats and escape themselves.  Paul warned that they would not survive if they left the ship.  The Centurion cut the ropes!  Paul ate some food and encouraged others to do so as well!  They all survived following the ‘prisoner’s’ advice!  God’s will will be done!

 

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Rough sailing to Rome!

Scripture reading for July 9th: Acts 27:1-20

Paul knew he was to stand before Caesar to testify of the Gospel.  (Acts 23:11)  The Lord had appeared to him to encourage him nearly two years earlier and told him what was to come.  Now the time to sail to Rome was at hand.  The voyage was being paid for by the Roman government and Paul had personal bodyguards and escorts as a prisoner.  A centurion named Julius was over the prisoners and was especially kind to Paul.  The progress was slow, because of contrary winds and the season to go North was getting late because of the contrary winds of winter.

Paul urged the centurion not to travel onward because of the possible loss of ship, cargo and lives.  (Acts 27:9-10)  But the centurion listened to the pilot and ship owner and sailed on towards another harbor on Crete.  A storm of hurricane proportions swept down on the ship and continued for many days.  They ended up throwing the cargo overboard and tying the ship together with ropes.  The storm continued and they all thought that they would die at sea.  Paul stood up and spoke to the crew and prisoners.  “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.  But now I urge you to keep your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.  Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said “Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” (Acts 27:21b-24)

God is faithful to His servants.  God gave Paul wisdom that helped him and those with him survive a difficult and possibly fatal storm. He was given a word of wisdom by God that gave courage to go on.  God never promises His servants that that they won’t suffer through trials, but He does promise grace for every trial!  He used even this storm to accomplish His purposes!

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