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Acts 27: Euroclydon
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 27th, 2013

Continued Delay

Acts 27:21Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”
Paul finally begins his journey to Rome from Caesarea after spending 2 years there imprisoned. I mentioned earlier that Paul surely thought he would be in Rome before 2 years time. However, his time and God’s timing were not the same. Despite how much further we feel that we should be, we have to continue in the timing and will of God. No doubt many of you have thought in your younger years in life that we would be further along in our ministries. Perhaps we can learn from Paul, because no sooner than it looks like there is progress, there comes more delay.

Paul was given into the custody of Julius a Centurion of Augustus’ cohort. God gave Paul favor with this Roman soldier. When they docked the ship, Paul was given leave to see his friends (as if he were on a cruise). This shows that even if we are imprisoned, God can still give us favor. 

The ship made several stops along the way and eventually they transferred to a grain ship from Alexandra. Grain ships were a part of official Roman commerce considered to be in service to the Roman government. However, up to this point they had made so many stops and it took so long that they had reached a season of year in which the Mediterranean was no longer safe to travel. It was fall. How do we know? Because in verse 9, the bible says it was after the “Fast.” This is another term for Yom Kippur, which we know is in the fall. At this time of year, sailors usually do not risk a voyage. Paul knew this and warned the crew saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives. (verse 10)” But the centurion listened to the crew and owner of the ship. 

Of course, as they were on their way a Euroclydon (sometimes translated as Northeaster) which is a tempestuous Mediterranean wind that is hurricane like in force. This puts the entire ship in danger, but Paul receives a word from God that confirms His purpose for Paul. In the time of trouble, the word of God is the only thing that can bring hope and clarity in a situation. The angel of God confirms to him that he will make it to Rome.

What I take away from Paul’s ordeal from Jerusalem to Caesarea to Rome is that not even a disastrous storm can stop you from making it to God’s purpose for you. Many times we find out that our timing was off. Other times we are delayed by circumstances out of our control. You may have a Euroclydon come out of nowhere that would’ve passed you by had your timing been adhered to. But somehow, in some way, something delayed you and now you’re in a situation that you had neither anticipated nor do you think is fair. God is able to give you a sense of peace and purpose in the storm.

The boat ran aground and the soldiers intended to kill all the prisoners (including Paul) in order that none should escape. But, Julius (the centurion who favored Paul) stopped this from happening. Not only did they almost die at sea, but now they have survived and now Paul is still in danger. But God put the right person in his life at the right time. He has and will do the same for us.


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