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Living Life

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  • August 2018
2018. 8. 16 | When the Storms Rage (Acts 27:13~26)         Speakers Wesley McClure

13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the "northeaster," swept down from the island.
15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.
16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure.
17 When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.
18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
19 On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.
20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
21 After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: "Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.
22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me
24 and said, `Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.'
25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island."

 

 

Reflection

Hope and Trust (27:13–20)

The gentle south wind is soon replaced by the Northeaster, a wind of hurricane force. The ship takes such a violent battering that the crew has to pass ropes under the ship to hold it together and throw the cargo overboard. They cannot put their trust in anything—not even the ship—in the midst of such a powerful storm. After many days of fighting, the crew gives up all hope of being saved. When everything around us is shaken, we realize what we place our trust in, and we may lose all hope in the things of this world. We do not have to remain in hopelessness, however, because we can always find hope in God.

 

Where do you place your hope and trust? How can you remind yourself to place your hope in God?

 

God’s Promise (27:21–26)

The ship’s crew and passengers have gone a long time without food, and they are weak and discouraged. Paul tells them that the ship will be destroyed, but every single person on board will survive. Everything has been stripped from the boat, making it impossible for the crew to put their trust in their skills or their cargo. Their only hope is in God’s promise to them. Paul exhorts the men to have courage because he has faith that God always fulfills His promises. When God makes a promise to His people, He will do what He says. His people can therefore have confidence and faith in Him, knowing that His word will be fulfilled.

 

When have you doubted God’s promises? How has God proven His faithfulness to you?

 

A letter to God 

Dear God, when I experience suffering in this life, remind me of the promises You have fulfilled. Help me to place my complete hope and trust in You so that I can be courageous and confident through every storm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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