When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete. But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (called a “northeaster”) burst across the island and blew us out to sea. The sailors couldn’t turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale. We sailed along the sheltered side of a small island named Cauda, where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat being towed behind us. Then the sailors bound ropes around the hull of the ship to strengthen it. They were afraid of being driven across to the sandbars of Syrtis off the African coast, so they lowered the sea anchor to slow the ship and were driven before the wind. The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard. The following day they even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard. The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone. No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.” (Acts of the Apostles 27:13-26 NLT)
What an experience! Can you imagine living through such an event. Here you are: Aboard a ship (with no way to call for help), in the middle of a typhoon, and at the mercy of the storm and sea. Frightened would be an appropriate description. Everyone on board had lost hope, except for Paul. Why? His hope was in the Word of the Lord! God had sent an angel to assure Paul that he would make it to Rome to stand before Caesar. Paul shared this word with his fellow shipmates.
God has given us His Word and we, too, must share It with our fellow man.
No matter what storm is raging in your life today, TRUST GOD! He will not fail you!
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Rev. Curtis Norris