Monday, May 31
Riding It Out
Acts 27:13-38 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore...
think about it.
What comfort or hope does Paul give? What can you say to comfort someone facing great difficulty?
So Paul and a couple hundred other people are on the ship headed to Rome and a big storm hits--and I do mean BIG. Did you notice the way Luke describes this event? He says the ship and passengers were "violently storm-tossed." describes how they had to throw cargo and tackle overboard just to stay afloat and tells us that "all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned." No question about it, this was a scary, life-threatening storm. And as conditions worsened and people's fear factors went through the roof, Paul was at his best. He was the ultimate encourager and basically held everyone together.
What are some practical things we can do to draw on and hold fast to God when the bad times hit and all we see are turmoil and chaos? How can we be an encourager to others who are in the middle of the storm with us? Tami W.
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