39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.
42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.
Living God’s Word: THE JOURNEY
Paul’s arduous trip to Rome (chapters 27–28) provides us with at least four good tips for making the most of our own journey through life:
- Recognize the presence of God (27:1–28:31)—understand that God is with you, even in the darkest times.
- Rely on the people of God (27:1–3; 28:2, 7–10, 14–15, 30)—lean on the people whom God graciously puts in your life.
- Rest on the promises of God (27:22–25; cf. 23:11)—know that what God has said, he will do.
- Remember the purposes of God (28:8–9, 17–31)—keep your eyes on the destination and ultimate goal.
Words to Live By: After a harrowing journey, the ship carrying Paul wrecks on an island. However, all the passengers are saved. Have you ever blamed God for the problems in your life? Have you forgotten that even through hardships, God is working for your benefit (Romans 8:28)? Rejoice today that His love and care for you are infinite (Romans 8:38–39)!
Prayer: Lord, put all the problems in my life to good use. I praise You that nothing compares to the grace and mercy You show me, now and forever. Amen.
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Pastor Rod Lindemann
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The Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
Words to Live by and Prayer: Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (2002). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. Purchase a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible at www.cph.org or contact Rod Lindemann.
Living God’s Word: Adapted from Life Application, Barton, B. B. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.