So I am encouraging you to eat something. Eating will help you survive, since not a hair from anyone’s head will be lost. After Paul said this, he took some bread, thanked God in front of everyone, broke it, and began to eat. Everyone was encouraged and began to eat. Acts 27:34-36 (GW)
Paul was the model of peace and faith in the most dangerous storm to be carefully detailed in the bible. But after days of darkness and futile efforts to either lighten the ship or anchor it, the apostle warned the sailors that their demise would not be caused by the storm or the destroyed vessel. He had seen them go without food for fourteen days, his encouragement to them was “you should eat something”. Paul knew he would get through this storm. And with that blessed assurance, he also understood that the ordeal was not over and that the events ahead would require strength. He took the lead, broke bread, gave thanks and ate and everyone was encouraged by his action and also ate.
The lessons are:
- Do not lose your appetite for the Bread of Life; if you are to make it through any storm, your strategy cannot only be to struggle through the beating waves and howling wind, your strength must be sustained through the Word.
- Even in your storm you are an example – demonstrate your faith, operate in peace not panic; remember His promises even as you listen for His instructions. There is more for you to do after this, so you will get through the storm. Hold on to that hope.
- Give thanks, eat and share with others – I know you are in a storm, but so are others and while they may be at a loss for strategy, you have the not only the assurance that you will get through but the instructions you will find in the word and the strength to go forward, so encourage others.
Read: Acts 27 (focus on verses: 33-38)
Write: Do you find that the first casualty of your of struggles is your devotion time? How can you ensure that you maintain your spiritual strength in your storm? What is the Word of Yahweh saying to you today? And can you use this to encourage someone else?
Pray: ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication