HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.” Acts 27:22
The prisoner becomes the preacher; the captive is the captain of the labouring ship. It is a picture of how the child of God is kept in perfect peace — when the rains descend, and the fierce winds blow.
Paul remembers the Proprietorship, which is his safeguard and fortress. “God, whose I am,” he says. He lives in the hollow of that great and tender Hand. He is covered by the shadow of those soft and brooding wings. And what harm can befall him there? The wild waves must overwhelm his omnipotent God — before they will be able to submerge him!
Paul remembers Obedience, which is his habit and delight. “God, whom I serve,” he says too. It is his joy to follow the will of the Father and to finish His work. It is his convinced assurance that, while he is about this blessed will — no real evil will come near. All the omnipotence of the King, whose tasks and enterprises are entrusted to him — is on his side; and he is invincible until the King’s pleasure is fulfilled.
Paul remembers the Vision, which is his solace and stays. “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me!” he says. There are chariots of fire and horses of fire around him. By faith he sees them — he hears the rustle of their pinions. Their bright squadrons encircle his soul. Their invisible and mighty hands hold him up!
Mine be proprietorship, obedience, vision. Then I shall not only be glad of heart — but I shall be able to comfort those who are in tribulation with the comforts with which I myself have been comforted of God.