Acts 27:18-25 NASB
¹⁸The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo; ¹⁹and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.
²⁰Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.
²¹When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss.
²²Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. ²³For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, ²⁴saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ ²⁵Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.
The waves crashed against the side of the ship.
The wind was blowing hard.
There was no longer a model in the hair of the men on board.
Their clothes were soaked,
the sandals were heavy with water
and you saw despair on those weathered faces.
It kept getting worse.
The men who piloted the ship could never swim to shore, certainly not.
This ship was on its way to Rome.
The crew consisted of soldiers who had to bring Paul to the emperor.
The mood was not getting any better
Until that Paul opened his mouth.
He had seen an angel.
God will keep everyone.
The ship will perish but we will not.
What faith and trust.
Paul’s faith was anchored in the Lord.
And your faith?
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