Read Scripture Union Daily Guide – 8th December 2022, Thursday
TOPIC: Sailing Against the Winds
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me understanding and illumination as I ponder on your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Acts 27:1‐12
Question(s) for Reflection
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
Scripture Union Daily Guide – 8th December 2022 MESSAGE
This portion of the passage sets a narrative for the beginning of a journey that would be the climax of Paul’s ministry. His dream of going to Rome was becoming a reality. This was a journey with no return ticket.
Envision saying farewell to the people you hold dear and embarking on a voyage without a guarantee of a warm welcome. We see a man who has lived out his purpose, a man who is not afraid to sail against the winds.
God gave Paul encouragement from two sides. First is the presence of Aristarchus on the boat. And then the kindness he receives from Julius the centurion. God has obviously gone ahead to set a path for him. His discernment and the advice he gave to the crew in v.10 is another evidence that Paul was well connected with the Holy Spirit. His advice was however ignored by the ship owners and captain. Why do you think they did this?
We miss many chances in life because we fail to see God’s hand in our situations. We fail to differentiate between God speaking through people and ordinary people giving us advice.
So what? When the going is tough, let your faith be tougher.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Thank you, Lord, for the people you bring my way in life to be a blessing and support to me. Help me also to be a blessing to others.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 127:3
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Titus 1‐3; Proverbs 28.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Scripture Union Daily Guide – 8th December 2022
I HAVE DECIDED
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their souls, or what can anyone give in exchange for their souls?
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Helping us His children make wise and godly choices in this end time.
☀ Helping us walk in God’ s will for our lives.
☛ Deliberate planning of programmes that will help disciple our members on decision making and the importance of choosing to do the right thing.
☛ Grace to continue to trust God in our hearts and to align our motives to His will daily.
☛ Daily leaning on the Lord’ s understanding, so that He will make our path straight.
⚠ Anxiety that will make us make wrong decisions and fall prey to ungodly choices.
⚠ Worldly plan to confuse our children and youths, thereby making it difficult to disciple them according to Christian culture.
Scripture Union Daily Guide – 8th December 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.