Vs. 1, “When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.” Here we have the record of Paul’s voyage to Rome. It is believed that this chapter is one of the finest descriptions of a sea voyage in the ancient world. If we could watch this as a movie, it would be a thrilling & dangerous encounter! God would warn Paul that sailing during the fall time would be disastrous, but the centurion would not listen to him….rather he listened to the Pilot of the ship rather than the Pilot of our lives! It started ideal and as if it were the right choice until the hurricane winds came. It would seem Satan would try to prevent Paul from arriving, but God’s will prevailed!
Regarding application…Grace (Eunhye). Vs. 24-25, “…Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” Did these unbelieving men deserve God’s grace? Of course, not…but that’s what makes Grace…Grace. As I always remind us, “Undeserved acceptance & love”. Even though God would warn them through Paul not to go through the storm, the stubborness of man would shine through. Yet, God in his Grace would spare their lives. Sometimes, we…like Paul must use our faith to give courage to those of little faith or none. Paul was a walking testimony of God’s grace…this would help him to see that no matter who he would meet, God’s grace could be extended to them as well! Let us remember God’s grace & give it to others!