Acts 27-28~ Day 58~ Good comes out of storms.

It's my nature to think of my self first.  😝If I was Paul caught in that storm while heading to Rome, I would naturally be saying, "God, why are you doing this to me?  I have been loyal to you! I've been in prison for 2 years already!  I can't take anymore!  Give me a break!"

Well, hindsight is always 20/20, right?  Luke would have been an encouraging friend when Paul finds himself under house arrest in Rome.  I can imagine Luke with his scrolls reviewing with Paul what he wrote; getting to see the bigger picture that went beyond enduring the storm.

Luke:  I recorded that there were 276 people on board the ship we took to get here.

Paul:  Look what God did!  I can see now that if that storm didn't happen, I would not have had the opportunity to stand in front of all of them and tell them about God. (27:23)

Luke:  I also recorded that it was three months that we were on Malta.  That time went fast!

Paul:  Looking back, I can see that was a loving thing God did for the people of that remote island.  He wants even the farthest removed people to hear about him!  I would never have chosen to go to that tiny island, but that was God's plan so that those people could hear about Jesus!

I like the account Luke gives of Paul getting to Rome.  It reminds me not to look at the storms in my life like, "God is doing this to me, arg!", but rather, "God, please use this storm in my life to show your glory to other people."

If only I could have this perspective as foresight instead of hindsight!  God help me to have your vision!


Rapster J said…
I thought it was great that the centurion believed Paul when he said everyone must stay on the ship and cut the lifeboats off the ship! Paul must have earned some serious cred!
God's timing is perfect. I just got off the phone with a friend that needed encouragement about a storm she is going through. I was able to tell her what I learned in my reading today! "Take heart, you just never know what good will come out of your storm!!!"
I thought it was interesting the Paul had already heard from God that all would be saved (27:21) yet then he tells the centurion, 'Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.' " (27:31) Isn't that interesting? The way "man" responds, dictates the outcome even though God stated the outcome......interesting mind bender, don't ya think?

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