Read Acts 27 – Sailing through the impossible with God will keep your head above water.
Paul sets sail for Rome and in verse :2 we find a tiny word “us” that suggests Luke was with him. Remember, Luke is the author of Acts.
Paul is a prisoner, but his concession to be allowed to go ashore and visit friends (:3) suggests he was revered and trusted. If you recall from previous chapters, Paul is no stranger to the seas, having taken several missionary journeys. When the winds get difficult Paul addresses the ship’s officers about it (:9-12). They do not heed his warning and press on. The results are perilous, the sun and stars were blotted out and all hope was gone (:20).
Paul addressed the men again, an angel of the Lord assured Paul he would stand before Caesar, and that God, in his goodness, would also grant safety to everyone sailing with him. Paul said, “So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.” :25-26. The night was still quite dramatic, and Paul urged all to eat something. Paul took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it. Then everyone was encouraged and began to eat.
Beloved, sometimes things escalate and the very best thing is to get back to basics. Thank God. Eat. The Lord keeps things very simple for us.
Our chapter ends with, “So everyone escaped safely to shore.” They lost everything but their lives, the cargo, the ship, yet not one perished just as God told Paul. What is the Lord telling you through this chapter? 🚢⚓🥖🙌🍞⚓🚢