SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Paul and his companions have just experienced a shipwreck while sailing from Crete to Italy, where Paul was headed to stand trial before Caesar. All of the passengers on the ship make it safe to shore, just as Paul had predicted in yesterday's reading (see Acts 27:22)
- The people of the island (called Malta) are very kind to the passengers and prisoners.
- The leader of the island, a man named Publius, has a father who is very sick. Paul prays for God to heal him and God does.
- Paul and his companions finally make it to Rome, where Paul meets with everyone he can and tells them about the hope he has found in Jesus.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Paul believed God even when the circumstances made it difficult to do so.
- Even when Paul was a prisoner, he continued to serve God with his gifts.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Have you ever faced circumstances that make it hard to believe God's promises? Even when everything seems to be going wrong, God is faithful and promises to see us through.
- Even if we are facing though times, God's desire for us is to serve others by using our gifts. Do you have any areas of your life that you feel God has gifted you that you aren't using? Pray that God will give you opportunities to share with others what he has done in your life.