Paul was destined to testify about Jesus in Rome, though he nearly lost his life on the way because of a storm and shipwreck. Paul’s experience on the ship is much like the human experience – sometimes slow, sometimes calm, sometimes dangerous, and even disastrous – but always full of surprises. We can be confident that God keeps His promises, so we should trust Him.
God can do amazing things through ordinary people who are empowered by the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers and the church was born. The church is God's chosen instrument in the world for sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. The book of Acts is all about the unhindered movement of God throughout the world as the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed through the church. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the early church was an unstoppable movement that proclaimed the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life. Today, the church empowered by the Holy Spirit is called to continue God's redeeming work in the world by fulfilling God's mission of making Jesus known to the ends of the earth.
Application: When we trust and obey God, we can be confident that God’s plans for our lives will come to completion. And we can be confident that God will fulfill His promises to us like we find in Romans 8:28 which says, and we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.