This post is Day 22 in a series of studies about “The Weather”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Weather – Day 22
Things seemed to go from bad to worse and some of those sailors must have thought Paul was talking rubbish. Especially when they had to swim to land, and those who could not swim clung to pieces of driftwood! But what he said proved to be true. All were saved.
When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
Today’s verse is taken from further on in the chapter we looked at briefly yesterday. Things were looking really bad, and must have felt that way for Paul to have voiced his feelings in this way. Maybe it even felt like the end of the world had come. Imagine the darkness going on for days and nights. How depressing, and worrying it must have been.
We can imagine that the whole crew of this ship were already exhausted from lack of food and sleep and too much hard work. And all of them were expecting to die! The previous verses tell us that they threw everything overboard and tied the ship together with ropes.
But, hope was restored when Paul had an angelic visitation telling him that he would get to his appointment with Caesar, and God would be gracious to all that were on the ship so that no-one would be lost! I would like to say that after that, everything went well, but no!
Things seemed to go from bad to worse and some of those sailors must have thought Paul was talking rubbish. Especially when they had to swim to land, and those who couldn’t swim clung to pieces of driftwood!
But what he said proved to be true. All were saved. Hallelujah!
Think today about some of the storms of life that you have passed through, and be grateful for anything you learned along the way. Let those things encourage you for future trials that may come your way.
Remember once more, that God never promises an easy life, but does promise to accompany us through the valleys, as well as on the heights. Read one of the psalms today and remember the highs and lows that God’s people went through, before the Messiah came.
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