Peace in the midst of storm - A former president of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India have come up with some startling information: Since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace! During this period there have be … More
As they sailed along, “the south wind blew softly” (v. 13). They had not gone far, however, before there was a drastic change in the weather, and their ship was caught in a typhoon (v. 14). No doubt about this time the centurion was wishing that he had listened to Paul. The sudden change in weather, from a gentle south wind to a violent northerly wind, is a common occurrence in those parts. There was no hope now of getting to shore, and they could do nothing but let the ship be carried by the wind (v. 15). They under-girded the ship with cables to strengthen it, and lowered the main sail (vv. 16-17).
As the storm continued, in desperation, the crew began to toss cargo overboard (vv. 18-19). So awesome was the storm, that after several days they gave up hope of getting out of the situation alive (v. 20). Twice Paul urged all 275 (v. 37) shipmates to keep up their courage (v. 21-26). God had promised Paul not only safety from the storm, but ultimately a safe journey to Rome. The world will never know how much it owes to those in its midst who know God, and have the key to God’s heart.
Those who launch forth on the ocean of this world, with smooth sailing, know not what storms they may meet up with; and therefore should not easily take it for granted that they have obtained their purpose. Let us never expect to be quite safe till we enter heaven. They saw neither sun nor stars for many days. This sometimes is the condition of the people of God as to their spiritual matters; they walk in darkness, and have no light.
Remember, peace is not the absence of a storm - it is peace in the middle of your storm. No matter what happens in my life as a Christian, I have the promises of God’s Word for a safe landing on that heavenly shore. The storms of life will come and go but I don’t need to be afraid. Who do I know who may be going through a storm right now and needs my encouragement?
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. But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship's boat. 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. Since we were violently storm- tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. And on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. 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. 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. Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 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.' So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island."
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Acts 24:10-21Paul’s Defense Before Felix
Acts 24:22-27Concern from Paul’s Friends & Foes
Acts 25:1-7Paul’s Roman Trial–Festus Hears False Accusations
Acts 25:8-12Paul’s Appeal to Caesar’s Roman Courtroom
Acts 25:13-22Festus Consults Agrippa for a Second Opinion
Acts 25:23-27Paul’s Opportunity to Face Agrippa & Company
Acts 26:1-11Paul to Agrippa–Honesty is the Best Policy
Acts 26:12-23Paul’s Purpose Changed to God’s Purpose
Acts 26:24-32God’s Truth Brings Conviction to Agippa’s Heart
Acts 27:1-12Paul’s Advice – Initially Rejected
Acts 27:13-26Peace In the Midst of The Storm
Acts 27:27-44Peer Pressure Adds to the Present Peril
Acts 28:1-6Crisis Averted–God’s Will for Paul is Evident
Acts 28:7-10Paul Faith Validates God’s Work in their Midst
Acts 28:11-16Paul–Steadfast to God’s Purpose For His Life
Acts 28:17-22Paul’s Opportunity to Preach in Rome
Acts 28:23-31The Urgency of Giving the Gospel To the World