Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have
listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground on some island.”
When the fourteenth night had come, as we were drifting across the sea of Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. So they took soundings and found twenty fathoms; a little farther on they took soundings again and found fifteen fathoms. Fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. But when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and had lowered the boat into the sea, on the pretext of putting out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and set it adrift.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
2 Timothy 1:8-12
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Many have been taught over the years that once you have faith everything else will come together smoothly. What lessons on this should we learn from Paul’s story and the early church’s story in the book of Acts?
When hope seemed abandoned, and angel appeared to Paul with encouragement and comfort. When have you felt the tangible presence of God in your life?