We embark with Paul on his journey to Rome in today's text. We savor the story as an accurate and compelling tale but don't have time to pay attention to the details! Instead we ask 2 questions: what do we learn about God; and what do we learn about Paul? With each question we ask how we can respond to what we learn. About God we observe that He is both sovereign (in control) and involved. We take great comfort in the observation of both of those realities in this story especially as we consider our own crises either past or present! About Paul we observe that he is both a servant and a leader. We see his servant leadership lived out in 4 ways: a) he uses his past experience and learned wisdom (e.g. previous seafaring experience) to offer wisdom in the crisis; b) he continues to hear God's voice in the midst of the crisis; c) he cares for the basic needs of others (offers bread etc.); d) he prays for healing of the sick. We observe that all 4 of these items are things we should also be challenged to live out in the context of our lives, whether in crisis or not!
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