33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea. Acts 27:33-38
I suspect the crew aboard the ship were exhausted as they fought the storms for 14 days. Were they so busy they forgot to eat or were they rationing it? We don’t know but Paul encouraged them to eat. Again, it seemed as if Paul was in control of the situation even though he was still a prisoner. That’s what you call a true leader.
At this point in the story, they had no idea when they would find shore. It could be another 14 days or it could be the next day. They were still going on the faith of this crazy preacher that they would make it to land safely, but they had no idea.
That’s the essence of faith, isn’t it? You know God wants you to do something but there’s not a lot of feedback on the way. Was it the right choice? Should I turn back? What if I missed the mark completely? You’d think the older you are as Believers, the easier the journey would become.
Far from it.
They don’t call it a journey because of what you’ve already seen. It’s a journey because you’re experiencing everything anew.