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Acts 27: Riding out the Storm with Paul—on Probing the Prophets with Rod

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Remember the vision where Jesus told Paul that he would testify in Rome, just as he had in Jerusalem (23:11)? Well, watch what a difference it makes in life to believe in the hand of God. Paul was slated for Rome to hero Caesar's answer. The voyage involved ships and the Mediterranean.

The trek started well for Paul. Julius, the centurion, treated Paul for kindness and respect. And, Luke was a companion. Somewhere along the way, bad decisions were made. Abandoning a harbor which was unsuited for over-wintering the captain hoped to reach one that was more suited to accomodate a ship carrying 276 passengers & crew. The storm that surprised them blew hope clean out of their hearts. After two weeks of aimless despair they finally got word of hope: "We're gonna lose everything—ship & cargo—but we'll all live through it," Paul told them.

How did Paul have such confidence? Jesus promised him his own life and those of his ship-mates. So, encouraging them to eat and taking some in their presence, Paul brought a glimmer of hope. Trusting God's promises not only made life better for Paul, it also encouraged those around him.

There is something almost like an allegory in Paul's journey to Rome: It was fraught with peril and destruction, but God brought him safely through it, along with many others, as well...kinda like what was happening with the storm brewing around Jerusalem!

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