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!