Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Acts 26-28

We finish up Luke's book of Acts, as we read chapters 26 through 28.  Just when I think Paul has really done it this time, God swoops in and saves the day.  Paul seems to be like a cat with nine lives.  He continues to share Jesus' story and God's work in his own life.  Through trial after trial, prison, stormy seas, and a shipwreck, Paul continues to bring others to Christ. God is with Paul, and He takes care of him every step of the way.

Paul finds himself in the middle of a storm on a boat.  It reminds me so much of the story in the gospels when Jesus calms the storm with the disciples.  It's a very scary situation.  Things don't look good.  And then, God shows up, in all His power and glory, and takes care of everything.  Paul's close relationship with God, encourages and comforts others at one of the scariest points in their journey.

25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me...

34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.

Paul's faith helps others come to faith.  It's contagious for needy hearts.  Paul's trust in God is the calm that those around him need.  God not only watches over and protects Paul, but He also does the same for all his shipmates.  God gives them exactly what they need, and immeasurably more.  

He does the same for us, through all our days, rain or shine.  Not a single hair on our heads goes unnoticed.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for meeting me wherever I am in life and comforting me with your strong and certain presence.  I trust You, Lord.  Use my faith to comfort others in their times of need.  Help me to listen to your voice in every situation.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Grace and peace,

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