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“And now I exhort you to be of good cheer for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” - Acts 27:22-24.

Comment:

In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, St. Paul. Spoke about his travails in the course of the ministry, saying among other things, “Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea”. (Revised Standard Version) An instance of this occurred when they were close to Crete, on their way to Rome. When they sailed close to Crete, they met a tempestuous wind, which turned the journey into a nightmare. It was Paul God used to encourage the 276 occupants of the ship, assuring them that no man's life would be lost as he had received a message from an angel of God to that effect. In the night the shipmen wanted to flee from the ship, but Paul warned the centurion that except they be in the ship they would drown. It was Paul's example they followed to take some food as they had not eaten for 14 days.  (Acts 27:14 - 41).

At a point the ship ran aground and was broken by the waves. The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners lest any should swim out and escape but the centurion prevented them because of St. Paul and directed that all those who could swim should do so while “the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship... escaped all safe to land.”  (Acts 27:42-44) God preserves His people whether they are travelling on sea, land or air. – Isaiah 43:1-3.

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