KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 27:24. “Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee”
Apostle Paul came to the centurion and assured him to be of good cheer because there would no loss of life. What made Paul speak to the centurion this way?
Paul says an angel of the Lord whom he serves stood by him the previous night and said to him that he must stand before Caesar to share the gospel with him. The angel said something very incredible to Paul.in Acts 27:24. He said to Paul, “……, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee”. The angel tells him God has given to him all those who are with him. Why would God say every soul on the ship has been put in Paul’s hand? All that the angel said meant Paul had dedicated himself to God such that he was under a special supervision or a special protection because of his position in God. Just consider how he described his relation to the angel. Acts 27:23 “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve”, He said He is owned by God and lives to serve God.
Paul said I do not live for myself. This position made him simply very special to the point that his safety became the security of the rest of the people on the ship. If Paul had not been on the ship everyman on the ship would have been prepared to be destroyed. The surety of Paul’s safety was his dedicated to God and the *assignment that he was committed to. He was to stand before Caesar to share the gospel with him and the people at the palace. The threats of the storms were too small to stop God’s agenda. Dear brother or sister, you can make yourself special in this life by taking an uncompromising stand for God and His work. God’s agenda is the only thing that really matters in this life. What negative thing in this life can threaten or stop God’s agenda? Can disease, persecution, lack or any man whether weak or powerful be strong enough to stop God’s agenda for your life. Your life seems to be ordinary because you are not committed to any special business for God.
Apostle Paul assured them further; that he believed that everything would be as the angel said to him. Always believe God like a child would believe his parents. This is what releases the power of God for continual victory.
Dear father I pray and receive strength to be totally committed to your course for my life. Father in your name I will stand for any call you allow me to be part of.
Job 22:29&30. “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands”.
Isaiah 55:5. “Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knows not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee”.