The soldiers wanted to kill all the prisoners when they had arrived on dry land, but Paul had found favour in the eyes of Julius, the centurion and prevented this from happening for Paul's sake. So as God had told Paul not one person was harmed. Even under these circumstances, God was with Paul and everyone who traveled with him.
Paul did not curse God and question why this was happening. He stood bold and strong in his unwavering faith even though they had not eaten in days. Throughout the whole ordeal he used it as an opportunity to glorify God. The natives of the island of Malta showed the travelers unusual kindness and hospitality (Acts 28:1-2). Through God’s power, Paul even healed Malta’s chief official’s father of dysentery. Word spread fast and he was able to share God’s goodness by healing all the sick on the island. When they arrived in Rome, Paul was then free to preach the good news of God unhindered (Acts 28:30-31).
God is ever so faithful. Even in the most dire circumstances, He is there to guide us and to protect us, to give us wisdom, courage and hope. We can use it as an opportunity to glorify God or wallow in self-pity. He will most probably not put you in through such extreme circumstances as He did Paul, but there is always an end to every storm. Take courage. Never fear. God is with you all the way.
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
- Zhen Ang