Acts 27:13–19 (ESV)
The Storm at Sea
13 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. 14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. 15 And when
the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat. 17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird
the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s
tackle overboard with their own hands.
Paul had warned them that they were leaving too late and it was very dangerous and would not end good. The weather changed on them and the ship “was caught
and could not face the wind.” Instead of navigating the wind, the wind was now navigating them. There are storms in our life where we have lost control and are driven by the storm. These are not fun times. Usually we are sending a lot
of knee-mail to God... or should be. They hoist of the smaller boat that is dragging behind them and get it on board. They get ropes and cables and run them under the ship and tie them off to hold the boat together because of the storm. They
lowered the gear and then resorted to dumping the cargo. At this point... all they care about is surviving. The cargo, no matter how valuable it is, it is of no concern now. They just want to live. After dumping the cargo, they throw
the ship’s tackle overboard. I tell you... they fear for their lives. The Bible doesn’t talk about Paul praying, but you can bet that he is. We’ll find out more tomorrow.
pray: O Lord, whether on a ship or just the trials of life, there are times when we are caught in the storm and life is out of control. It is so easy to get so scared that we turn from you in our fear. Help us to not run away from you,
but to run to you in prayer. You are my rock and my fortress. Amen.