Scripture Reading:  Acts 27:1-44

“Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.  For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar.  And, behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.'” (Acts 27:22-24)

God’s plan was for Paul to take the gospel to Rome.  Nothing could prevent that from happening.  Chapter 27 tells about Paul’s journey on the sea.  Great detail is given by Luke about the trip.  The primary message, however, is God’s providence in preserving Paul for the expansion of the gospel in Rome.

From a human perspective Paul set his destiny when he appealed to Caesar in his trial before Festus in Caesarea (25:11-12).  Later Festus told King Agrippa II, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar” (26:32).  But it was God’s plan for Paul to go to Rome and nothing could stop that from happening, not even a shipwreck at sea.

God has a plan for each of us.  We are all called to Iive out our faith knowing that God is using us to accomplish His purposes.  Paul witnessed to the sailors, fellow prisoners, and soldiers who were traveling with him, all 276 of them (27:34-37).  He did not let the trials of life stop him from sharing the gospel with others as he was being taken to Rome.  He knew God was sovereignly directing his life toward accomplishing the plans God had in mind for him.

When God’s people were held in captivity in Babylon, God spoke these words to them through Jeremiah the prophet:  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a  hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).  The same holds true for each or us — God has a plan for your life and for my life.  His sovereign hand will lead us to accomplish this plan.  “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps”  (Proverbs 16:9).  He may take us through times of difficulty, times of prosperity, times of uncertainties and times of sorrow and of joy.  While we may not understand the circumstances we are facing, God is in control directing our steps to accomplish His perfect will.  We are destined for the New Jerusalem.  Along the way God has called us to live out our faith for we know that He has plans to use us to accomplish His perfect will.

Lord Jesus, I know that You have a plan for my life.  Enable me to be sensitive to Your leading and let me be faithful to Your calling.  I know that You are directing my steps and You are leading me along my journey on this earth.  I also know that my final destiny is to be with You forever in the New Jerusalem.


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