Acts 27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
In life, sometimes things are going well; then the “boom” of the storm hits unexpectedly. What can we do in the midst of the storm? Using this story of Paul’s shipwreck we will see some things we should do.
Get rid of excess baggage. That’s what the crew did on Paul’s boat. Verse 18 says they lightened the ship. This was a cargo ship and they got rid of the things they were hauling. They realized those things were not as important as their lives. They could perish and the cargo would do them no good. Hebrews 12 says we are to lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Some things may not necessarily be sin but they may be a hindrance. Lay them aside. Sin does “beset” us. It’s a hindrance and trouble. Cast it aside.
Get alone with God. We see this in verses 21-23. How could Paul tell them what to do? He said the angel of God stood with him and told him what to do. James says the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Prayer changes things. We always profit from time alone with God. Do it all the time; don’t wait for a storm.
Realize God is with us. Again in verse 23 we note that the Lord was on board the ship. Aren’t you glad the Lord goes with us? Ride out the storm with HIM. It will pass.
Believe God’s promises. Paul told them to trust what God said. Romans 4:21 reminds us by saying And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. We serve a God who can calm every storm. Trust God’s character. What He promised, He will do. Peter calls them exceeding great promises. Believe them.
Thank God for all things. When you come through the storm, thank God. He has been good to us. We’re nearing the home shores of heaven. The God who brought us this far can take us on. In verse 35 Paul gave thanks for the food; the people ate and were of good cheer.
Do these things in your storm.