v 24. The angel said to Paul ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar!’
No trial or storm will frustrate the purposes of God.
This may have seemed a simple decision for the Roman centurion –‘Let’s catch a boat heading for Rome,’ and he had the power to commandeer a passage for his men and the prisoners. But what a journey it turned out to be! Not that it was unusual for Paul, as he wrote in 2 Corinthians 11, Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. This time the shipwreck was on Malta, but he was confident of rescue because of what he knew of God’s purposes for him. Sure enough, the whole boatload was rescued and Paul was able later to continue on to Rome.
Which one of us has not been through periods of difficulty and wondered what God has had in store for us? We kno.w and understand that God is good, and that His plans are always for our welfare – and yet the storms rage round us and we wonder …. Never easy is it! All we can do is to hang on to an old plank floating near us and trust. No amount of raging sea and howling gale will blow God’s plan for us off course. What He has planned and decreed will be fulfilled. Whether your storms are at work, at home, in relationships, with money or health, hang in. God’s good plan for you will not be frustrated – you can trust Him!