By Pastor Rachel
When the storm hits—that’s when we start thinking about what’s important.
1. Paul brings courage and hope to his shipmates
In such hopelessness as the ship is overtaken in the storm, winds howling, waves breaking and strength depleted, Paul stands up to encourage the crew to take up courage. He hasn’t given up, for he knew God’s word will be fulfilled that he “must stand trial before Caesar.”
2. Become the blessing and the blessed
On the ship, there are soldiers, sailors, prisoners…276 of them. God is willing to spare all their lives because of Paul. In fact, God is willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if just ten righteous persons could have been found there. Thus, Paul the prisoner became a blessing to those around him, and God will in turn change the hearts of others to bless us as well.
The faith, the word of God and the relationship with God become the anchors for Paul during his storms. When it seems that all hope is lost, he trusts in the authority that God has over the storms. It is our task to trust Him at all times.
Sometimes storms just come unexpectedly. Think about what is important, drop any excess baggage, and turn to God in the storm. Spend some time alone with God. Acknowledge His presence. Reaffirm His promises. Find anchor in the Lord.