No one had seen the sun for fourteen days.
The storm was so severe that the crew began throwing cargo overboard and wrapping ropes around the hull of the ship to prevent it from being ripped apart:
‘As gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard. The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone’ – Acts 27:18,20 (NLT)
All hope was gone. There was no answer and no way out. Things were completely out of control.
But in the midst of the storm and right when all hope was lost, God spoke a word to Paul through an angel that gave much needed courage to the entire crew:
“Take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel… stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you. “So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said” – Acts 27:22-25 (NLT)
God was not finished with Paul yet. Nothing would stop him. Not even the wildest storm or a total shipwreck would prevent him from fulfilling his God given destiny. He and all the crew on board would survive and see the light of day once again.
Even though he was completely out of control and was surrounded by those who had lost all hope, Paul remained full of courage. Rather than basing his future on what he saw in the present, he took hold of the word of God and rested in the promise.
As Paul encouraged the crew, they held on tight and eventually everyone made it to shore. Not one life was lost. And Paul continued on to Caesar and into destiny.
We can learn from Paul’s example that even in the midst of the greatest storm when we haven’t seen the sun for a long time and all hope is lost, we can take courage by resting in the promise rather than reacting to what is seen in the present.
As you take hold of the word of God, you will not only survive the storm, but will step into destiny. So Take courage! Believe God. It will be just as he said!