Acts Chapter 27

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Acts 27

1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.

2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.

7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.

27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.

29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.

34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.

39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.

40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:

44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

39 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 27

  1. Stay on The Ship!!!!!

    We should not abandoned ship until God tells us to. We must understand that there is a purpose for every single one of our storms. We will never be able to learn our lessons if we dont follow through our hardships. We need to make sure that obedients to our God so when God tells us to stay on the ship we stay on the ship, and when he calls us out of the ship we must have faith like Peter to step back and try to walk on waters without Doubting and withou taking our eyes of the mark which is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The decision is ours, to be obedient or to rebel and remember that rebellion is the beginning of witchcraft. God teach us to follow you closely like I did with my father and my husband. My dad would wak on the sand and I love putting my small got inside his footprint; with my husband I did the same in the snow. I want to be so close to Jesus that I can step in to His footprint and be blessed!!!!!! May y’all be blessed all the days of your life!!!!!!!!!

  2. Verses 33-38 MSG “With dawn about to break, Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast: “This is the fourteenth day we’ve gone without food. None of us has felt like eating! But I urge you to eat something now. You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead. You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch!” He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, passed it around, and they all ate heartily—276 of us, all told! With the meal finished and everyone full, the ship was further lightened by dumping the grain overboard.” These verses made me think about how we need to be fed spiritually. Some go way past fourteen days without ever reading God’s word, saying a prayer or coming to church. This is just as dangerous or even more than going out into a real storm weak and unprepared. You need your strength in the Lord. Psalm 46:1-3 NLT says “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” Hold on to Jesus…..he is your life saver (Saviour).

  3. 20 The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.

    This chapter tells me about the daily challenges we face. We go through spiritual warfare constantly, going against the wind, being rocked around by the water and losing all hope. We don’t know what to do when facing a terrible storm (trial) in our life, asking “should we stay on board and ride it out or jump ship”.

    God tells us to stay on board his ship, the ‘USS JESUS’. Lets stay on board and ride out the trial we face, until the storm subsides and all will be good. Why jump ship, just to face additional threats of being lost at sea or drowning. At times it may seem like a good idea to jump ship, and lose hope of being saved, but with God all things are possible.

  4. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

    24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

    Paul was not afraid and spoke of the angel of God speaking to him without any reservation. Paul was positive in his faith toward God and if we want to see growth we must have this kind of faith. We must be positive about our faith toward God and not let the place we are affect our faith. Paul in his situation could have been depressed, but he was not he was telling everyone what God was going to do!

  5. 30. And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

    31. Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

    32. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

    Sometimes there will be people in your life that will try to do things contrary to what you know is right and you will have to ‘cut the ropes’ with them so that they don’t destroy you in the process.

  6. All that drama could have been avoided only they would have listen to Paul in the first place. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way……

  7. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    When your words hold no value to other people all you can do for them is pray for their safety.

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    3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

    Paul found favor just like Joseph found favor. One thing is for certain, when a Holy Ghost filled Christian is falsely accused or taken captive, the Lord knows how to give that person favor. When I was on my extended vacation, God would always show me favor. Praise the Lord.

  9. 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

    11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    Having a discerning spirit helps out in many ways and one of those ways is if you listen to the voice of God, he can tell when something is not right or when something or when you could be walking into something dangerous. Not only so that way you can save yourself so that you can also warn others about the danger.

  10. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

    The centurion respected Paul, he gave him liberty. Yet at the same time he didn’t respect him enough to listen to him.

    11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    How many times have we “respected” Pastor but not listen to his advice? How many times have we “respected” anyone in authority but didn’t listen to their advice?

    When we don’t follow their directions is shows who we truly respect; and our true intentions. When you disobey you’re allowing the enemy free right to cause all grief.

    Ezekiel 33:31-32 (NLT)
    31 So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money. 32 You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it!

  11. Friendship

    3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

    Are we the kind of friend that refreshes? What does it take to be this kind of friend?
    First, consider this quote: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” I believe a genuine interest in others is the key to being a good friend. When we have this genuine interest we will know the person and what is going on in their lives. This knowledge allows us to be there when there is a need. This need may be as simple as helping someone move furniture or be by their side as they process bad news. Being a giver of oneself is easy and hard at the same time. I have found giving of one’s time, talent and treasure is cyclical – what comes around goes around.

    A key factor to this cycle is faithfulness. If we prove to be a leaky vessel others will lose interest in investing their time, talent and treasure in us. Finally, I believe honesty overlaps everything. If we cannot be honest with those that are closest to us; who are we? If we cannot tell our spouses their “special” dinner does not taste good we are not being honest with them. One should employ “couth” when revealing this potentially hurtful truth but we need to be honest; otherwise, we might be expected to eat this “special” dinner once a week for the rest of our lives.

  12. 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

    32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

    People are more willing to implement council and instruction from a representative of God when things are bad. Before they left, they ignored Paul. During the storm they listened.

    It is no different today. Many will ignore what we say in times of optimism, but when the pressures of life gets to them, they are more willing to listen. Make the most of every opportunity.

  13. MORE SPIRITUAL COUNSEL

    9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
    10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
    11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    It is heart wrenching how often as Pastor that I see this very unfortunate and unecessary drama and damage play in the lives of people that I love so dearly. Certain situations and relationships are dangerous from the onset. Due to circumstances and life events that lead up to the encounter.

    Paul like many Pastors and Spiritual leaders are positioned to only offer counsel or advise followers of potential danger and then step back to allow the individual or group to make a decision. In this case Paul simply said, “I perceive”. Paul was not positioned in this case to tell them “do not sail”.

    I am faced with this challenge constantly; people occasionally desire for me to tell them exactly what to do and how to do it, with a definite yes or no. I pray every day that it would be that simple. However in most cases the individual requesting my definte response have not respected my suggested response. This reveals only that I have the same position as Paul, I am not an authority in your life through your eyes, so I am limited to offer suggestions only, To avoid an offense or conflict.

    Unfortunately in our society people prefer to ask 5 people for counsel before they ask GOD for counsel. Then people prefer to ask the professionals and businessmen before they ask the Pastor, as we see in verse 11.

    They results are always the same:
    1. Storm = Drama
    2. Loss = Waste of time/talent/treasure
    3. Damage = Loss of friendship/relationship with others
    4. Survival = Non productive, either existing or non growing

    IN the STORM = DRAMA people all of the sudden want to listen to the man of GOD.

    35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
    36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

    All this DRAMA could have been avoided:
    21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

    Lets GO in JESUS name!

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
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  14. I’ve always heard, “the road to destruction is paved with good intentions,” an I think it fits well with this chapter, those sailing the ship had good intentions in moving the ship and sailing on further to a safer shore line, but the key in this chapter is about obedience, well, lack thereof anyway. We may have good intentions and well organized plans but who’s voice are you listening to? Who’s voice are you obeying? Obey your man of God when he says, “no there’s destruction ahead!” Don’t say, “but just let me do this last little thing, what’ll it harm?” Because for the ship Paul was on it cost everything they had.

  15. Sometimes its our faith in God and the promises he has given us to keep us going. Our faith may be the only way of survival. And could probably save the lives around us because how faithful we are.

  16. 14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
    15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

    Hold on for the ride.

    Gods ways are above our ways. When the storms of life happen just hold on. Hold on to Jesus. Hold on to those that are closest to you. Let your anchor fall on the rock of our foundation. Hold on and wait. God is in control.

  17. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

    24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

    25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

    An Angel was sent from God to speak to Paul, that his life and those in the ship would be saved. Paul believed God but the rest in the ship didn’t believe him. He tried to give them a peace of mind by letting them know that as long as they listened to him all would be good.

    Sometimes we don’t listen to the man of God, because either we don’t see the warning signs and because we don’t see what he sees. We have to have faith that his advice is for our own good even though the situation hasn’t escalated nor come to pass, that situation could of been avoided just like what happened to Paul. Lord you know the intentions of the heart, have mercy on those who fall off the ship.

  18. 21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

    22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

    23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

    24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

    25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

  19. Acts 27:23-25
    23, For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
    24, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
    25, Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

    Such powerful scriptures
    Paul knew whose he was, and whom he served. He believed God, and if God said it, then it was so. Paul had Belief, Faith, and Trust in God.

    These scripures made me think of a song, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.”
    Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
    Just to take Him and His word
    Just to rest upon His promise
    Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord”

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him
    How I proved him o’er and o’er
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
    Oh, for grace to trust Him more

    I’m so glad, I’ve learned to trust Him
    Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend
    And I know that He is with me
    Will be with me to the end

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him
    How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
    Oh, for grace to trust Him more

    So no matter what you are going through, just TRUST in GOD, and He will see you through the storms of life.

    MORE Trusting in JESUS!!

  20. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

    The courtesy Julius gives Paul here is no small thing. Paul is a man on trail, who is known for angels breaking him out of prision. A man they used multiple gaurds just to keep him safe. This is the favor of the Lord at work. In the middle of the hardest journey Paul has ever had to face Jesus gives him favor and liberty to be refreshed. Before Jesus was arrested “an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” (Lk 22:43). In the midst of our darkest days He will be their refreshening us, strengthening us for the battle ahead.

  21. Acts 27:9-23
    EVERY DESICION WE MAKE HAS CONSEQUENCES!!!
    If the centurion would had listen to Paul, the story would have taken a different turn. But the Centurion decision costed them to be in a hopeless situation.

  22. 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

    25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

    The will of God is ever unfolding. We have a choice of being part of what God is doing, or we can do the more difficult thing by making plans and asking him if he will be part of them. The easiest is to seek him, and his will, and then do what he says to do.

    Those who were with Paul were very glad they stayed with him, when it was all over. There association with Paul saved their lives.

  23. This chapter speaks of obediance and the importance of it. We must obey God in all things, but that does not give us the right to disobey other authorities in our life, you see Paul heard the voice of God and obeyed, but the centurion did not obey Paul. ( the man of God) Yes we must obey God at all times, but there other voices we must obey as well, like out parents and the man and woman of God, for they are trying to help direct us on the right path as well.

  24. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

    when God’s people are in his will God will give them favor with their enemies.

  25. 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

    Take heed to listen. Sometimes we don’t understand the ways God will love us. A warning is not to harm you, but that you will redirect your course from a path of harm. The Lord will use several methods to speak to you but mainly the man of God in your life. Sometimes it will not make sense to one, but the Lord can see where we can’t.

  26. Paul the greatest spiritual leader of the time, still perceived through his carnal mind. I think that the majority of us are the same way. When we see the trouble in our lives or we are in the middle of tribulation, we tend to look at it with a pessimistic view, the plan for the worst hope for the best mindset.

    Even the prophet feared when he heard of Jezzabels wrath upon him, it was his natural instinct, even when he had just been operating in the supernatural. God knows this and we comes like a loving and caring father, to the rescue. He had to eat every single word he spoke.

    Lesson:don’t get ahead of God, and give God some credit, he’s got everything under control. My Father is always working!

  27. “And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.” The centurion Julius was respectful and courteous to the man of God. One should be mindful on how one treats the Lord’s (Jesus) servant; for the Creator and Judge (Jesus) sees all, hears all, and remembers all. Dear God, let me be ever mindful of your servant; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  28. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
    We should be careful who we listen to. ..
    What we give our ear to and what we believe is important. We should believe our man of God over any random man and what they say. Only Gods word is true and the pastors word should always be higher than any man. The bible should also be believed over any man or any mans false doctrine. Let God be true and every man a lie!

  29. “With dawn about to break, Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast: “This is the fourteenth day we’ve gone without food. None of us has felt like eating! But I urge you to eat something now. You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead. You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch!”

    He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, passed it around, and they all ate heartily—276 of us, all told! With the meal finished and everyone full, the ship was further lightened by dumping the grain overboard.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭27:33-38‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    In the midst of your storm you may not feel like eating anything. It’s important to note that these men were reminded that even in the darkest hour we need to eat the word. By feeding our spiritual man we separate ourselves farther from our fleshly desires and Gods voice becomes clearer. Eat through the storm, victory is on the horizon!

  30. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

    Amen!!! HALLELUJAH ANYHOW!!!! No matter what may come my way because I believe in Jesus I rejoice. Jesus is my light and my refuge and there is no one like Him. I have made up my mind to serve Him because I am visioning my destination up in heaven with my Lord Jesus. Being able to worship Him all the time. No pain, sorrow, or tears…but pure joy and peace. I can’t wait for the moment I see my Lord Jesus Christ face to face :)AL MY FAITH AND TRUST I IN YOU LORD!!!!

  31. They left on a ship of “I shall abide in death” and went to Asia.
    The person with Paul was “the best ruler”
    They touched land in “hunting”
    Where the man with “soft hair” traded Paul kindly to his friends so they could with skill give him care and attention.
    Then they went to the island of “love: a blossom” where the wind was over against, or hostile to them.

    “And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭27:2-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Even when we are traveling with what seems like death, God is with us. He will give us provision (hunting). He will give us someone to care for us (the best ruler). And He will allow for us to have refreshing (care and attention) before we go to a place of love where even the air around you opposes you.

    He is an awesome God!

  32. “But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul.”
    Acts of the Apostles 27:11 NLT

    This passage shows that we must be careful who we allow to influence ours lives. We must be able to recognize the voice of God. If we are truly his sheep we will know his voice.

  33. Acts 27:11
    Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    Living in a time where everybody has an opinion and tells you that you should do this or that, we must remember to always listen to the man of God, if not we can head towards a storm that may destroy us.

  34. “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”(Acts‬ ‭27:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

    I believe that our God will do miraculous things just as he told us, Paul’s confident of the word God was like troubled sailors on a storm-tossed ship the trials that we go through will strengthen us through the battles our God puts us through we express the essence of what it means to put our faith in God and His Word. God said it to Paul (through an angel) and Paul said, “I believe God.”

  35. Euroclydon

    9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

    10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

    11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

    12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

    13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

    14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

    The Euroclydon that we go through is not always of our own choosing. The storms of this life are sometimes seemingly chosen by others for us, the result of the decisions of others effecting us beyond our control. It is easy during these times to start pointing the finger and trying to figure out who to blame, but beyond the circumstances of our Euroclydon, we must look at the purpose God has for us. He is not surprised by any storm we go through, and no storm can come to us without His permission. He does not simply toy with us for amusement but allows difficult times in measure with purpose and loving kindness. Our distress may only be the precursor to blessing, and to finding Jesus in a way we couldn’t during times of “calm sailing.”

    Psalm 18:6-11
    6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

    7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

    8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

    9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

    10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

    11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

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