Acts 27:20–26 (ESV)
The Storm at Sea (Part 3)
20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood
up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very
night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for
I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”
Verse 20 show that all hope of being saved was at last abandoned. This is a point
that they are fearing death and see no way out. When you are in trouble, drop to your knees and pray. To summarize what Paul said, he said “I told you so!” Yet Paul becomes a light in the darkness of the storm. An
angel of God told him “do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.” Paul is sharing a message of God that they will all be safe, but not the ship. I know the
urge is there for Paul to say listen to me this time.
Can you put yourself in the position of one of those on the ship. Scared and knowing death is imminent, this guy name Paul is saying to not be afraid
and you will be alright. Do you trust him or not? He is the only hope. Do you trust him? In the storm, this is not an easy question. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see.
pray: O Lord, help me to be a light in this dark world. Help me to be like a lighthouse in a storm. Help me to guide people to you. You alone are our hope. Amen.