“..and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in His goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you. So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said.”
Paul, upon appealing to stand trial before Caesar, journeyed to Rome via a prisoner ship to stand before the great Emperor and face Roman judgement for his ‘so called crimes’. His journey proved to be dangerous and very testing due to the tempestuous storms they faced. The storms were so violent that eventually it shipwrecked Paul and all the other 276 crew members who were with him. Yet God had promised Paul, that not one of the people he was with would perish.
Paul, in the midst of the storm, received a word of encouragement and hope from God. Yes it looked like a perilous situation and yes it seemed like a hopeless situation, but God had clearly spoken to Paul about his and the others survivals, even though the ship they were on would be completely destroyed. So he encouraged everyone with the words found in today’s key verse.
What gave Paul the confidence that he would survive? What gave him hope in a hopeless and perilous situation? The answer, the word of the Lord. Friends, we too live in a perilous and hopeless world. We are surrounded by insecurities. We are surrounded by fear and anxiety. Yet just as in Paul’s situation, we are the spokesmen and women of God to bring hope where there is none, and life where there is certain death. We go against the road to destruction and become beacons to show the path to eternal life. If God says, that in Jesus is eternal life, joy, hope and peace, then we need to join with Paul and declare it to all who will hear, ‘don’t jump ship, there is hope! Take courage! For I believe God! I believe there is a way out!’