Acts 27:33 & 34

"Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. 'For the last fourteen days,' he said, 'you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food - you haven't eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.'" NIV translation

Paul continues to minister to the sailors as he urges them to eat. He reminds them of God's promise that they will be spared. Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of the promises that God has made and the fact that He keeps His promises.

Acts 27:35 - 38

"After he had said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. Altogether there were 276 of us on board. When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea." NIV translation

Paul once again points to the provision of God as he gives thanks for the food. The sailors are lifted up as they watch this great man of faith and they eat as well. This is a good reminder that those who do not know Jesus are constantly observing us and even more so during difficult times. Our reaction to the struggles can be a big witness to them of God's care for His people.

Acts 27:39 & 40

"When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach." NIV translation

In the dark of the night, they trusted in the Lord but when morning came they trusted in their eyes. When they saw land, they immediately went into action to get there on their own. That is how many people try to walk with the Lord as they turn to Him in the difficult times when they cannot see any other option. But, like the sailors and the land in the morning, when the tough time is past, they go back to doing things based on their own wisdom and what they see.