Day 155: A God of Mercy

Acts 27:21-26 :

When they had been long without food, Paul stood up in the middle of them, and said, “Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss. Now I exhort you to cheer up, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel, belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me. But we must run aground on a certain island.”

Here we read that Paul does say: “I told you so” but we also see the mercy of God given to everyone in the ship. God, through Paul, gives them all another chance to have faith in the His word.

Notice the prophesy that God gives to them, that Paul is the one who must stand before Caesar and that every single one of the starving, tired people on the ship would be granted their lives as well.

God didn’t have to do that. It wouldn’t be surprising if God had only allowed Paul and his companions to survive, but God chose to save them all just because that’s the way He is. That’s the same way that we are saved from our eternal destruction. God just decided to do it. It wasn’t because we were so good. It was only because He wanted to do it for us.

I believe that every single person on that ship never forgot what Paul said that day. I believe that God was continuing to use Paul to spread the good news about Jesus to the whole world through this storm.