Building Treasures in Heaven, the Hard Way – Acts 27:24

While Paul was being taken prisoner to Rome by ship, a ship he was sailing on got into a violent storm at sea and the ship’s crew had to jettison all the cargo and gear and set the ship adrift at sea. After many days without food Paul stood up among them and encouraged the ship’s crew and occupants with the news that God had promised him there would be no loss of life. An angel appeared to Paul and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul, you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you…” (Acts 27:24). I believe Paul had prayed and fasted for the safety and souls of all the men on board the ship and God granted Paul’s request. It wasn’t necessary for God to save the lives of all 76 or 276 men on board the ship to ensure that Paul made it to Rome to testify before Caesar, but because Paul cared for and prayed for the welfare of their souls, God answered his prayer and granted all those who sailed with Paul. I think these souls were added to Paul’s account in heaven–talk about building treasures in heaven!

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