What a journey Paul had and what a time the devil gave him in his appeal to Caesar. Paul was in Rome several years before he was able to talk to the Caesar. It ended up being wicked Nero. It was his order that caused Paul to be beheaded.
On the voyage, regardless of what Satan through their way, God was with them. The ship broke all to pieces, but everyone made it to land.
Acts 27: 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
Cast your anchors and wish for the day. What good advice for our spiritual life. We are just like Luke, who wrote the book of Acts. It amazed him the way things kept happening. They ran into a hurricane. Once they hit a space where there was no wind at all. They were stuck with no propulsion. They got out the oars to try and move the ship along. Another time the midst and fog got so thick it was scary. There were other passengers on board and all were scared. They had never had a voyage like that.
Have you ever felt your life is not like anyone else’s? Guess what. I’ve been there. You have. Some may be in a storm. Others may have the doldrums. We’ve all been in a bad ship.
Paul left the people behind in tears for the voyage to Rome. They knew they may never see him again. Luke and a few friends were among those on the boat. Most were strangers to Paul and his friends. When it all fell apart, they still had Jesus. If we trust the Lord, he will get us through. Paul’s words to the people were that if they stayed with the ship they would be all right. Give up on the world. Give up on hope of better days from society. Give up on that raise; taxes will take it. There is nothing you can count on and trust except Jesus. He’s got us through so far. When we thought nothing was moving in our favor, God was there. When the fog was so thick we couldn’t see, Jesus was there. It’s never too foggy for him. It’s never too still for him. He’ll move heaven and earth to help us.
Paul was not a sailor, but he ended up telling the sailors how to manage the ship. They listened to him. They could tell that someone was with him. When they let down their devices they found they were getting in very shallow water. We live in a time of spiritual shallowness. Just because others may be drying out doesn’t mean we have to. We can still be full of the Lord. We have a fountain of everlasting life inside. With Jesus in our life we won’t dry up. You may hit shallow waters in this life, but Jesus is there. They cast out four anchors and wished for day. They put these out on the stern, the back side, to keep them from going into more shallow water. The anchors were behind them. Jesus needs to lead us, but he needs to be behind us as well providing the anchor we need to do the right thing. If we trust him, he’ll hook us to something solid to keep us from shipwreck.
Anchors that aren’t cast out won’t do any good. We have to trust our anchor—Jesus. If you go fishing you have to bait the hook and throw the line in the water. We have to put our faith in Jesus. He’ll find solid ground to anchor us on. Life can be like a roller coaster. In times of unsteadiness we need the steadiness of an anchor. Jesus steadies our boat. Paul’s ship stayed in place with the anchors. Ours will too.
We can’t depend on much, but we can trust Jesus with our boat. He’ll keep us pointed in the right direction. Trust him. Give it all to him. Cast the anchors and let him take charge. The one that can get us there is Jesus. Regardless of the storm—trust him. We’ll live to see the day, a better day if we stay anchored in Jesus. In him we will see a clear and perfect tomorrow.