COMFORT ONE ANOTHER
Leslie M. John
“But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship”. (Acts 27:21-22)
After few days Paul stood in the midst of them and reminded them that they should have hearkened to his words of caution that he gave them earlier when he tried to prevent them starting on this venture in the bad weather. Nevertheless, in that present circumstances he comforted them that they should not fear and said that an angel of the Lord stood by him saying none onboard the ship will lose his life because Paul was to be brought before Caesar.
They had to wait patiently for an answer for fourteen days even after Paul comforting them. The shipmen guessed that they were near some country and the depth of waters was twenty fathoms. They sailed forward and guessed that the depth of the sea was about fifteen fathoms. With the increase in their fear that the ship would hit rocks they cast anchors out of the stern and waited for the day to dawn. The shipmen thought of escaping from the ship but Paul said to the centurion that unless they remained in the ship they would not survive. The soldiers cut off the ropes of the boats to let the boats fall off from the ship into the waters.
However, as they saw the day light Paul asked them to eat and be of good cheer. Paul also assured that not a single person will lose any of their hair because according to God’s purpose he was to be brought before Caesar. For the sake of Paul everyone onboard the ship that is two hundred and seventy six were saved from dying. When it was day they did not know the place where they were in and as they were trying further to sail forward they saw a creek with shore and they thought they would make it to that place safely.
When they took off the anchors and loosened the rudder bands they fell into a place where two seas met. The front portion of the ship was stuck and the rear portion of the ship was broken because of the violent winds. The soldiers were counseling to kill the prisoners to avoid them escape from the ship, but Paul stood strongly against their counsel.
The centurion willing to save Paul commanded that those who could swim should jump into the sea and get to the land and the rest of them some on boards and some on broken pieces of the ship reached the shore. Every one of the total number two hundred and seventy six reached the land safely. (Acts 27:1-44)
1.It was evident from Acts Chapter 27 that God’s providence for Apostle Paul and his mission was great.
2.It was in the plan of God that Caesar should hear the word of God.
3.Where it was very hard for people in higher position to hear the word of God, He makes ways to reach His word to them through His servants.
4.The advice of the servant filled with Holy Spirit is very valuable.
5.God had compassion on all those who were with Paul sailing to Italy.
6.None of the two hundred and seventy six lost their lives even inspite of the shipwreck wherein the ship broke into pieces.
7.The angel of the Lord stood by Paul and spoke to him that none of the sailors would lose their lives.
8.In spite of adverse situation God’s servant, Paul, comforted them asking them to be of good cheer and eat.
9.Not only Centurion but every one hearkened finally to the words of Paul and escaped from death.
10.They all reached the shore.