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To me, the primary "takeaway" from this chapter is the presence and awareness of God in whatever circumstances Christians may find themselves -- even when those circumstances appear extremely adverse or beyond the Christian's (or anyone's) control. This involvement of God relates not only to Christians themselves, but also extends to those with whom the Christian is interacting (regardless of the number of those individuals (Acts 27:37), or whether they are Christians). This is indicated most clearly by the angelic vision that Paul received, as he related it in Acts 27:22-26. Also, the Christian conduct of believers can motivate even those who are not Christians to show mercy or kindness, as indicated by the consideration shown by the Roman centurion Julius to Paul (Acts 27:3; Acts 27:42-43).
I look at this chapter and I see that it is ALL about trusting God. If we flip back a few chapters (back to 22) we see that Paul is threatened on all sides. He has appeared before the Sanhedrin. He was struck by Ananias command. Paul cried out that he was a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee! There was a conspiracy to kill Paul, Acts 23:12. More than forty men had banded together to accomplish this. In Acts 24:5, Paul is declared a pest, a troublemaker before Felix. Paul appears before Festus, and appealed to Caesar. In fact, Paul had been assured, Chapter 23:11, "Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." He was on a mission for God. In this chapter 27, Paul is sent to where? Rome! This chapter is all about faith in God's words and depending on Him in any and all circumstances. Stand on God's words, wait on the Lord!
The voyage of life is like the voyage in Acts 27. One of the joys I had in growing up as a teenage boy was boating in the lake at my grandmother's resort in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. But on really windy days we liked nothing better in the middle of the lake to throw the anchor overboard to slow the boat down! The seamen's true hope, they thought, lay in casting overboard their four anchors (Ac 27:29) to slow the ship down. To me those 4 anchors could symbolize for the Christian that Christ is our Stabilizer: (1) Christ is our Redeemer—"Whose I am” Ac 27:23 SEE, too, I Co 6:19-20 (2) Christ is our Lord—"Whom I serve” Ac 27:23 We are his subjects. We can serve Christ in many ways, but at least one way we can serve Him is through interceding for others. -- RO 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 2TI 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; (3) Christ is our Comforter—"Fear not” Ac 27:24 SEE, too, Matthew 14:27 “Fear not, it is I!” (emphasis mine) (27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.) (4) Christ is our Counsellor—"it was told me” Ac 27:25 John 16:13 ‘The Spirit of Christ" speaks to us today. Compare RE 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
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