Bethany Presbyterian Church

2 Nov 2021

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Finally gave up all hope

Acts 27:13-20

13 这时南风徐徐地吹来,他们以为风势有利,就起锚沿着克里特航行。14 可是过了不久,有一股名叫“友拉革罗”(“友拉革罗”意即“东北风”)的飓风,向岛上吹袭。15 船给风困住了,不能迎风前行,只好随着风向飘流。16 有一个小岛名叫高达,我们就在这岛的背风岸急航,好不容易才把救生艇拉住。17 水手把艇拉上来,用缆索绕过船身捆好。他们怕船在赛耳底搁浅,就收下船帆,任船飘流。18 风浪把我们颠簸得很厉害,第二天他们就把货物拋在海里,19 第三天又亲手把船上的用具扔掉。20 好几天,都看不见星星和太阳,狂风大浪催逼着我们,这样看来,我们连生还的希望都没有了

13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.






Lessons Learn

The dark sky was like a tomb, and there is no doubt that the Lord intended by this to make the grace of their deliverance all the more notable. He allowed his servant to suffer with the others, until he thought he would die. The Lord did not appear to him by his angel until it looked as if he was past hope of recovery. Not only was his body tossed with many storms, but his soul was also shaken with violent temptations. Nevertheless, the outcome shows that he stood firm by faith, so that he did not give away.

Our Lord never promised that our mission will be smooth and easy. But he promised that we will be protected under his guidance. By faith, we have peace in us to fulfill the great commission.