Two years before the well-known incident in Acts 27, Paul wrote, “Thrice I suffered ship-wreck” [2 Corinthians11:25]. Those experiences could not compare with this two-week nightmare on board an Alexandrian wheat ship with 276 souls on board. Worse still, Paul was a prisoner on his way to Rome. He prayed to go to Rome as a preacher, but God took him as a prisoner on a doomed vessel.”
A fierce hurricane replaced the south wind that blew them off course during the voyage until the battered ship lurched towards the perilous rocks. Seasoned crewmen and terrified passengers despaired of life, but Paul assured them that God would preserve them. God did preserve them even though the vessel was wrecked on the rocks.
Although Paul was in the eye of the storm, he was also in the centre of God’s will. God had told him he must go to Rome and stand before Caesar. The confidence in God’s Word gave him full assurance in the storm. Paul said, “Be of good cheer: for I believe God.”
We all must travel through the storms of life. It happened to the disciples during the ministry of the Lord Jesus. Let us learn from Paul, for although he tried to avoid the storm, he trusted Jesus in the midst of it.
For Paul, the storm was raging externally, but internally he had calm in his heart. Other passengers did not have that peace for they did not have the Saviour; “Thou hast been …a refuge from the storm …when the blast … is as a storm against the wall” [Isaiah 25:4]. Paul believed God’s promises and was confident that God would fulfil his purpose.
Paul had the blessing of having his life preserved, being used to save others and the blessing of answered prayer. [Dr. Alan Cairns]
“Life’s storms may rage, But God’s hand is on the tiller”