Acts 27 Lesson

Trusting God

TRUSTING GOD

Acts 27 finds Paul being transported to Rome by a large ship. Luke was with him on this journey and provides a first-hand report. We can tell that Luke was with Paul on this journey by his use of the word, “We,” in the following scriptures:

  • We put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.” – Acts 27:2,

  • “When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.” – Acts 27:5.

The trip was a hard and dangerous one. The wind was not cooperating as Luke documents in the following scripture:

  • “When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, since the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, off Salmone; and with difficulty sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.” – Acts 27:7-8.

Paul admonished those in charge saying:

  • “Men, I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with damage and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” – Acts 27:10.

This may have been the lowest point in Paul’s journey to date. Consider the following four points:

  1. He had now been imprisoned for years,
  2. His future was uncertain,
  3. Many were seeking to kill him,
  4. And now he was having to endure potentially deadly seas on his way to Rome.

As if that was not enough, Paul had no idea what was going to become of him when he arrived in Rome. Would he be killed? Would he remain in prison? What must have been going through Paul’s mind with all the adversity that he was facing?

LEARNING FROM PAUL’S EXAMPLE

We are blessed to have Luke’s account of these events. They help us to put into perspective the difficulties that we have in our own lives. We can learn a lot from the way that Paul handled himself as he encountered one obstacle after the next.

For starters, we can take note of how Paul did not complain. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul said the following:

  • “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16.

CONCLUSION

All of us are going to face adversity in our lives. God uses adversity to strengthen us, to teach us, and to discipline us. When we find ourselves caught in the middle of a giant storm, we should follow Paul’s example.

No matter how difficult things God:

  1. Paul remained courageous,
  2. He trusted in God’s plan for him.

Trusting God is essential if we are going to survive life’s hardships.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following five scriptures that highlight the importance of trusting God:

  1. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11,
  2. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6,
  3. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” - Romans 8:28,
  4. “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.” - Psalm 9:10,
  5. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart triumphs, and with my song I shall thank Him.” - Psalm 28:7.

Comments

Pat Dermody

Trust is important in any relationship be it marriage or friends or employee -employer. It is even more important in our relationship with God whom we cannot see. But the more we trust in him the lighter our burden is. “Let go, let God “ and 
your lives will be much improved.

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Michelle

I need help if anyone is willing to try to help me. I read GOD'S word everyday , have for many years. The problem is I don't understand. I pray for discernment before reading but I dont get what everybody else gets out of it. Sometimes I find myself wondering how this relates to our world today. I refuse to give up , I feel eventually I will understand. I want to so bad. If anyone can help me I would be extremely grateful. Thankyou and GOD bless everyone.

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John
Michelle

I appreciate your comments Michelle. I think it is great that you are keeping up with your readings.

Things will happen on God’s time.

Keep up with the daily lessons, and post any questions you have, even if that is every day.

This site is built to have discussions and ask questions. It is a new site, and we all have to “learn” how to use it.

I will do my best to answer any questions you post, and I’ll bet others will as well.

Gods wants us to help one another.

God bless and stay with it!

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Michael
Michelle

Under the archives section, check out Mathew 13’s discussion on planting seeds and read about the mustard seed.

When growth does happen, it can be large growth, and fast growth.

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G
Michelle

Sorry this is late but I would just say try your best to reflect on the reading and pray for understanding in the Word so that you may not only read the Word but understand what God is trying to teach you though it. :)

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