Do Not Be Afraid

“For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me and said,  ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you,’” (Acts 27:23, 24 NET).

Just before these verses, Paul told his shipmates, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss,” (Acts 27:21 NKJV).

The centurion leading this journey trusted the advice of seafaring men, rather than the inspired apostle. The Bible also said, “the majority advised to set sail from there also,” (Acts 27:12). There is a “double whammy.” The centurion allowed himself to be convinced by those “wise” sailors and the majority.

Sometimes we allow ourselves to become convinced the same way. We must not! We must trust in the living God who knows more than mere men!

The passage also teaches that, for those who believe in God, every journey (even though tempest-tossed) will have a good ending. “Do not be afraid, Paul,” the angel said. We must never be afraid nor should we worry what might happen.

The apostles in a boat on the stormy sea of Galilee were afraid and worried. What did Jesus tell them? “But he said to them, ‘Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm,” (Matthew 8:26 NET).

We must learn to trust that God knows all things and has everything well in hand. We must not fear. Remember, “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:13).

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