Acts 27.33-44

Often in our lives there are moments when we feel like everything is falling apart. A few years ago I was shown the door at a job I held because I had started giving more of my personal time and energy and efforts to serving at church. At the time I was so confused: why am I being punished for taking a step forward in faith? Little did I know that on being shown the door there another job would, somewhat miraculously, become available at a place that actually encouraged me to serve at church. Without things falling apart I don’t believe I would be sitting here in the church office as the full-time pastor. 

Things seemed like they were falling apart for Paul and those onboard, literally (v.41). He encourages them to eat and be strengthened as the Lord had told Him none would perish (v.34, cf. v.24) and then we read that the crew

“…noticed a bay with a beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could.”

(Acts 27.39, NET)

This place is now known as St. Paul’s Bay, Malta, and is where the crew leave their quickly disintegrating ship. Plans are made to kill the prisoners (the guard would be personally responsible for the debt of their life if they escaped, cf. Acts 16.25-40) but the Lord’s favour and the truth of His Word prevent this (v.43, cf. 27.24).

Without the earthly circumstances of the shipwreck, the ship would likely have drifted off into the open ocean and all onboard would have died. Without things seeming as if they were falling apart the Lord’s plan for Paul would never have been accomplished.

It might sound trite, but the next time you feel things are falling apart see how God so often works in and through these circumstances for His glory and your good. Trust that He is good, that He loves you, and that everything works together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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