07.27.2016 – New Testament: Acts 27.22–25
To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 27.1–25 on July 27, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
Paul wanted to go to Rome to preach the Gospel, and he went, perhaps not in a way that he expected, but he went. He may have imagined himself traveling there as he did anywhere else, but he went as a prisoner of Rome. As he traveled on a ship, they ran into a storm or a storm ran into them, and it was so bad that no one would eat. Paul sought to encourage the people,
“And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me” (Acts 27.22–25).
It appears that God saved everyone on that ship from the storm because of the presence of Paul and other Christians traveling with him. Paul was the salt of the ship, for he had become a light to the people onboard.
- Do you realize how much your life influences the continuation of everyone around you?
- What then can you do to bless those around you?