Scripture: Acts 27-28. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Paul was about to end his second missionary journey and begin his third. The church in Antioch was Peter’s home base. After Paul spent some time in Antioch, he traveled throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, encouraging and strengthening disciples. A man named Apollos, who was pretty knowledgeable of Scripture, came to Ephesus. However, he only knew about the Baptism of John. Priscilla and Aquila invited him into their home and explained the way of God a little better, for Apollos did not know about Jesus’ death and resurrection or the coming of the Holy Spirit. While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went to Ephesus. A riot in Ephesus then sent Paul to Troas and on to Macedonia. A plot against Paul’s life was discovered. Follow along as we read Acts 27-28, learning about Paul sailing for Rome, the storm they encounter, the shipwreck, ashore on Malta, arrival at Rome, and Paul preaching at Rome under watch/guard!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
When we encounter a problem, we must do all that we can do to fix the problem, pray about the situation, and trust God to do His part. God promised Paul a safe passage, and Paul trusted Him. A poisonous viper bit Paul, and Paul was unharmed. We must always remember that our lives are in God’s hands. We must give Him complete control over our lives, trusting in His care for us. In Romans 8:28, we read that “God works for the good of those who love Him.” We may not always be comfortable or secure in this life; however, God will provide the opportunities for us to do His work. There are many opportunities and circumstances in this fallen world to serve our Heavenly Father. In fact, there is never a time or place in which we cannot serve Him. There are many people who still need to be touched by God’s love and hear of His gift of salvation!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Acts, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.