Acts 27 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius...
think about it.
As a prisoner, Paul is on his way to Rome but this slow journey has its own perils; what was the problem that Paul warned them of (27:8-12)? Paul has an "I told you so" moment but also offers what words of hope (27:21-25)? How was this hope fulfilled (27:27-44)? What do you tend to do when others ignore your advice? How should you offer hope instead of criticism when decisions go badly?
Paul is now on his way to Rome via ship, and as it turns out, the trip is not a short or a simple one. The weather almost immediately turns bad and the further the ship with its crew and passengers get into the journey, the worse the conditions get. Everyone on board is afraid and basically operating in crisis mode...except Paul. He clearly understands how dangerous the conditions and situation are, but he turns all his concerns over to the Lord and seeks His direction and guidance. The result? He remains calm and level headed.
So what did you learn about responding when it comes to dealing with or getting through a bad situation? What does Acts 27 show us about how our response can impact others? Tami W
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