Devotions for January 30, 2017

ACTS 27:9-15

9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.[a] So Paul warned them, 10 “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.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.
13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.

ACTS 27:21-25

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and 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.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

CHARTING A COURSE

From Acts 21 – 28, we read about Paul’s legal troubles. Jews don’t like him because he is preaching resurrection of the Messiah. There is a plot against his life and he fighting against imprisonment and death. In Acts 23:11, it says that the Lord stopped near Paul and said, “…. you must also testify of me in Rome.” Paul knew from the beginning of these troubles that he would make it to Rome.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: The journey starts with unfavorable weather. What does Paul warn the others on the sea?

Q:Are you seeing the favorable conditions that the centurion saw and just taking things as they come, or are you listening for how to navigate life from God like Paul?Question Two

Q: How much do your friends and family help encourage you as you go through life? Are you listening more to their voice, or God’s voice?

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