Don’t be overwhelmed. God is in control.
Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. (Acts 28:1)
Relate: Prior to what we are reading today in Acts 28 Paul had just spent three months on a laborious, suspenseful sea ride that should have taken a couple weeks max. Before that he had hopped from prison to prison hounded by Jewish lawyers and held there by corrupt politicians holding out for their handout. Before that, well… according to Paul’s counting:
I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned… I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from…
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