The Apostle Paul: The Apostle’s Encouraging Words.

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.” (Acts 27:21–26 (ESV)

Remember when Paul counseled the centurion, the captain, and the ship’s owner not to set sail for Rome (Acts 27:9-11)? He said prior to the voyage that if they did set sail the journey would be one of injury and much loss; not only of cargo but also of human lives.

While the ship, crew and passengers were in the midst of a storm of hurricane proportions (Acts 27:13-20) and all hope was lost, Paul stood up among his fellow travelers and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss.” More than saying “I told you so,” Paul sought to encourage the discouraged, to bring comfort where there was obvious despair, and to provide hope in place of hopelessness.

He continued by saying, “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.”

The angel of God had communicated to Paul three pieces of information. First, Paul would reach Rome. Second, all those within the ship would survive the journey. Third, the ship must be run aground on some nearby island.

Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, “With these words, Paul unreservedly identifies himself with the One, True God in the presence of polytheistic and superstitious sailors and criminals.”   

Paul remained confident that God was providentially working throughout life’s situations and circumstances. He trusted in the LORD. Do we?

Have a blessed day as you trust in the sovereign and providential LORD of heaven and earth.

Soli deo Gloria!

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