Paul is on his way to a trial before the Emperor. It was late in the season for sailing. Though Paul was not an expert sailor, he knew the dangers and warned of them (Acts 27:9-12). Why do you think they ignored Paul’s warning? How do you respond to warnings from others?
When you see someone sailing toward troubled waters, are you inclined to offer helpful warnings, or do you assume they need to learn for themselves?
Despite Paul’s warnings, they set sail. Paul had no choice but to sail with them into trouble. How do you respond when the storm you’re in is someone else’s fault?
Because they survived, Luke seems to enjoy giving a very detailed description of the storm. A series of important decisions are made about the ship (140x36x33) and its cargo. What things are easier for you abandon in a crisis? What things are harder?
Eventually all hope was lost. Have you ever lost all hope? What’s that like?
There were 276 people on board. When they had run out of ideas, Paul stood to speak. Why do you think he began by reminding them of their bad decision to sail?
Paul went on to describe the angel’s promise that everyone on board would be saved. You might have expected that only Paul would survive. Yet all survive because of Paul.
In what ways are God’s people designed to be a blessing to the world?
Unfortunately, in what ways are God’s people often just the opposite?
What kind of person do you think God wants you to be so that you might be a blessing to them?
- Dave Peterson
Blue skies, sunny, 80 degrees. There’s a good chance that the morning forecast in heaven is perfect. Here on earth, though, we get freezing rain and all sorts of calamities. Storms in life are inevitable. The first response may be to cry out in fear. But if we have ears, we may discover a surprising peace, a deeper wisdom, and a more binding love.