My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.
(Acts 27:35 NASB)
All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food.
(Acts 27:36 NASB)
All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons.
(Acts 27:37 NASB)
Paul was merely a prisoner on the ship when they found themselves
in a terrible storm. For fourteen days the storm raged on and they all
thought that they would die. These were rough men of the sea and they
were most certainly not followers of Jesus Christ. In the midst of it
all, Paul seems to keep his cool. Not only does he keep his cool, but
he uses every single circumstance to minister and share Jesus with the
world around him. This scene becomes reminiscent of the last supper
when Jesus is with his disciples. Now Paul, the lowly prisoner on the
ship, tells the men what lies ahead and he encourages them to stop in
the midst of the storm and eat. Paul then prays and gives thanks to God
in the presence of 276 people, and they join him in eating the bread.
Had the storm not come, could Paul have had the opportunity to minister
to all 276?
In the midst of the terrible storm Paul seemed to have a real peace
about him. This is probably because he knew that he was living in
God's hands, and Paul saw every situation as an opportunity to continue
to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ. How else could Paul have
had a captive audience of 276 people from Alexandria? This was a
boatload of people from Egypt! Paul had never been there and would
never go there and somehow on his way to prison in Rome, God gives him
the opportunity to spread the Gospel to a group of people to whom he's
never ministered before. However, one can only imagine how far reaching
that ministry ultimately became as those people, as sailors, traveled
the world, and then eventually took the good news home with them.
Alexandria eventually becomes one of the major cities of Christianity in
the early church. Did it have something to do with with sailors on a
boat with a prisoner?
Lord, may we experience stormy peace in our lives as we trust in You in all of our circumstances. Amen.