Wow did I sleep in! We are on the second to last chapter in Acts! Good job everyone let's finish strong!
If you remember, Paul appealed to Caesar so now they must sail to Italy. Paul warns everyone on the boat saying, "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also." (v. 10) His warning, however, is ignore. Big mistake as we will find out later. If you were the ship's owner or pilot, how would you react to Paul's warning about the 50-mile trip they wanted to make?
A storm blows in and a first doesn't seem like a big deal and then before you know it, the crew is throwing off the cargo and hanging on for their lives. Paul stands up and tells them everyone will survive because he had a vision from an angel. (v. 24) Paul encourages the men to not give up hope and them must aground some island. In a crisis, Paul reacted with urgent forewarning maintaining hope, counseling, common sense, giving thanks, remaining calm, persevering to the end. In comparison, how do you react to crisis?
Paul begins to take charge. He tells everyone to eat because they have gone 14 days without food. They cut off the life boats and throw off the wheat to make the boat lighter. Those who could swim went overboard to get to shore first and others grabbed onto broken pieces of wood. Then finally BOOM the ship crashes! Everyone makes it to shore safely as Paul said. What is the greatest pressure situation you're facing now? How can Paul's example and the principles you've learned from his experience help you? What is your part and what is God's part in the resolution of your storm?