Paul’s example in a time of crisis

June 1st, 2009

I was reading Acts 27 this morning. In this passage we see that Paul is heading by sea to Rome to go on trial before Casaer. On the way though they face some very stormy weather conditions and it looks like they will be lost at sea a number of times.

Then one night an angel comes to Paul in a dream. The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”  The next morning when all hope seems lost Paul stands and tells this message to the entire crew and passengers (276 in total). He tells them not one person would be lost.

In the midst of this crisis Paul stands, speaks and his words bring reason and calm to the people on board the ship. I could only imagine how they were feeling after 14 stormy nights at see and limited food! But Paul’s words seemed to encourage them that they would be safe.

Then again in verses 33-36 the Apostle Paul encourages them to eat to keep their strength up and then reassures that all on the boat would be saved, even though they are approaching rocks. He encouraged them to stay on board the ship because this is how they would be safe.

As I read this passage a couple of things stand out. Firstly, God sent an angel to reassure Paul and then the crew they would all be ok. God wanted them to know they would be safe. Secondly, Paul stood and spoke out about the angels message. He was bold enough to take control of the situation and lead the people to safety.

Paul’s example in this crisis can encourage us all to stand up and speak God’s word boldly into the situation we are faced with. Like Paul we can reasurre people that God has things under control and things will all be ok if they follow God’s promptings and are obedient to Him.

God Bless,

Dave