The last chapters of the book of Acts could all be called “The Sufferings of Paul,” because it’s just one bad thing happening to Paul after another. He is caught in a storm on his way to Rome. He has appealed to Rome and the soldiers have him in custody, and the sailors, of course, are running the boat.
Now he’s in a storm, and everyone is afraid for their lives. It says they had gone for days in this situation. Down in verse 20 it says, “Neither sun nor stars appeared for many days. The storm continued raging. We finally gave up all hope of being saved.”
The storm, which was another part of Paul’s suffering, represents all suffering. All the suffering we get in life could be called a storm. They’re all like storms. Watching Paul deal with his storm teaches us something about how we can deal with all storms, all suffering, all troubles, when they come in. I would like you to notice the paradox, the purpose, and the presence in storms.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on June 23, 2013. Series “Acts: The Gospel in the City”. Scripture: Acts 27:13-32.
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