Scripture: Acts 27:27 When the fourteenth night (of the storm) had come, as we were drifting across the sea of Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. 28 So they took soundings and found twenty fathoms; a little farther on they took soundings again and found fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. 30 But when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and had lowered the boat into the sea, on the pretext of putting out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and set it adrift. 33 Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.” 35 After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. 36 Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves. 37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six persons in the ship.) 38 After they had satisfied their hunger, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea.
Observation: Fourteen days in a storm at sea, nothing to eat, little sleep. What a miserable situation. Yet the Lord had revealed to Paul there would be no loss of life (v.22) only loss of the ship. So Paul urged the others to take some food so they might have strength to endure what was to come. V.35 says “…(Paul) took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves.”
Application: As I was reading this passage the words to a song called “Eye of the Storm” came to mind:
“You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.”
I’d rather not be in the storm in the first place if I’m honest. But storms do come don’t they? There are many kinds of storms: relational, financial, spiritual, vocational. Most of us reading this blog are in some kind of storm right now. We’re trying to figure things out, hoping it will be over soon. In the meantime it would be good to do as Paul did 2,000+ years ago – with the waves raging all around. We can give thanks to God, trusting him to give us strength to endure.
Prayer: Lord let it be so. Amen.