The ship Paul was sailing on to Rome was wrecked by a storm named Euroclydon, meaning typhoon, tempest or cyclone. Here are some valuable lessons we can learn from his experience.
(1) God can make a bad situation work for your good. Because of this shipwreck, Paul ended up on Malta, where the people heard the Gospel for the first time. Plus, ’when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.’ (Acts 28:10 NIV) Sometimes your problem can provide a platform for God to work in ways that’ll amaze you. Your future isn’t, nor ever will be, in the hands of people. It’s in God’s hands, and what He owns He protects and provides for.
(2) To reach your God-ordained destination you’ll have to sail through storms. Paul said, ‘All hope that we would be saved was finally given up.’ (Acts 27:20 NKJV) There’ll be days when you wonder how you’re going to make it, but by God’s grace you will (see Psalm 37:34).
(3) Storms reveal how well you know the Lord. Paul said, ‘Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul.”’ (Acts 27:23–24 NIV) In hard times you discover the strength of your connection to God.
(4) He can bring success from what looks like failure. Notice two particular things in this story: (a) You may have to throw some things overboard to reach your destination (see v. 18). (b) Despite your best efforts, occasionally you’ll run aground (see v. 26). That’s when you must remember what God promised you—and stand on it (see v. 25).