Thinking beyond my immediate safety or circumstances, or the objective of my ministry (as getting to Rome for Paul), is vital. Why? God is always orchestrating events which are not clear to me at the moment, but they are part of His greater plan to spread the gospel in places and among people that I did not intend to reach. Knowing this informs my attitudes toward what God is doing at the moment so that I am more concerned about God’s glory and His message than I am about myself.
Keep this in mind as you look at the last two chapters of Acts. Paul remains sensitive to the safety of those around him and uses hazardous conditions to take charge and link the souls of those with him to “an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship” (Acts 27:23). There is no other religion that claims “ownership” by their god. This ownership becomes the authority that enabled Paul to bring “all…safely to land” (27:44). In addition, Paul worshipped the God who owned him while others were filled with fear; pushing them toward anarchy.
Acts 27:1-12. Though a prisoner, Paul is given favor by the centurion. Paul’s warning of impending danger is ignored by the pilot and owner of the ship and the centurion.
Acts 27:13-38. In spite of the rebuff from the pilot and centurion, Paul persists in giving wisdom that will save the lives of all on board. He makes several significant statements to those on board:
God wants our relationship with Him to be such that He can use us in humanly dire circumstances. We must have unshakeable confidence in God’s ownership and willingly obey His instructions. This demonstrates the power and purpose of God which does not and will not fail. WHAT IS YOUR CONFIDENCE QUOTIENT?
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