Paul vs. The Stormy Sea

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Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 27

The Lord told Paul he would be going to Rome back in Acts 23. Acts 27 is an account of the hardships Paul and those with him faced on that voyage.

Acts 27: 20-26    
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The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone. 21 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. 22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 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.’ 25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. 26 But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”

I really admire Paul’s optimistic perseverance. Paul not only had people who wanted to kill him, but it seemed even the weather was against him! With so much working not in his favor , he must have had a sharp eye on the God who was for him! This is the same God who seems to send encouragement at just the right time, every  time—the God who takes our mess and turns it into a message for others to be encouraged.

Questions:
When is the last time you saw God’s encouragement to keep going when it seemed like all was against you? When have you been the encouragement for others?

Next Steps:
Think of a time when you were doing something you felt called to do. Journal about it or share with a friend how God encouraged you when difficulties came into play.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the example of perseverance Paul gives us. Thank you for always being there to encourage us along the way. Thank you for your protection as we face the storms of life. Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes fixed on you. Give us courage to share our stories of faith with others. Open our eyes and show us where we might be an encourager for someone else along their journey. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Julie Estep, a first-time contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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2 replies
  1. Cathy Thibodeau
    Cathy Thibodeau says:

    Thank you, Julie! I, too, have always admired Paul’s relentless optimism, perseverance, and his endless drive to encourage others. Thanks for the next step advice to recall a time when I felt called to do something, and then experienced the encouragement and answers to prayer from the Father. Once one thing came to mind then other things started popping to mind. 😉

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