Today’s Reading | Acts 27
Giving Thanks at Meals
You are sitting in a crowded chow hall and, before you begin to eat, what do you do? You find yourself at a restaurant with some unsaved friends. The food is placed before you and they begin to eat. What do you do? A better question might be, what do these examples have to do with the story of Paul’s shipwreck found here in chapter 27? Look at verse 35, and you will find an interesting phrase. The ship’s crew and passengers found themselves in the midst of a storm that was destroying the ship. They had a small amount of food left and prepared for one last meal. It is recorded that before they ate, Paul prayed and gave thanks for the food, in front of them all. Why would God direct Luke to record what seems like an insignificant fact? Maybe because it is not insignificant. Even in the midst of a crisis situation, Paul stopped to demonstrate to those around him that he knew where his food came from and that he was thankful for it. Are you this kind of example as well? What a simple way to let people in your world know how you feel about your faith. Don’t allow an opportunity like this to pass because you are too ashamed.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?