The 26th chapter of Acts speaks of Paul as a prisoner being tried before Festus and King Agrippa. Paul’s testimony was so compelling that King Agrippa told Paul he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. They were ready to free him, but Paul had appealed to Caesar so they sent him on to Rome.
When it was time to depart by ship, Paul warned them not to sail. However, the owner and centurion thought they knew better. The ship soon found itself in a typhoon. “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20)
Have you also been on a journey sailing your ship only to find out you may be the captain, but Jesus is the master of the wind? Maybe we should have waited a little longer. Perhaps I wouldn’t be in this storm. Do you feel much like the souls on board this ship? All hope of being saved is gone.
“But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.”
Long abstinence? Do you think maybe Paul had a prayer meeting? Did he intercede for all the 276 souls on this ship?
According to Acts 27:42, the soldiers were ready to kill all the prisoners. Yet Paul stood on behalf of all aboard this ship.
“…they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.” (Acts 27:43-44)
Hold fast; God isn’t through with you yet. You have your own Caesar to appeal to. In the meantime, there are many souls to reach. Grab a board, even a broken piece. There are still more souls to reach and some prisoners to set free.