This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Acts 27) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Doctor Luke wrote not only the gospel of Luke but also this additional historical account of the birth and the spread of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit of Christ. He called this book, Acts. Some call it the Acts of the Apostles or the Acts of the Holy Spirit.
Paul was destined to go to Rome in order to preach the gospel there to the Jews and to the Gentiles. Even a great storm at sea could not hinder Paul’s destiny. Paul had told the sailors not to put out to sea because of the impending storm, but they had ignored him. When the ship was caught in the storm and everyone had given up hope, God gave Paul a word for them.
Ask the children…
How did Paul get this word from God and what was the encouragement for those on the ship?
“For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ 25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. 26 But we will be shipwrecked on an island.” (Acts 27:23-26)
When the ship was driven towards an island and was about to break up on the reefs near the island, what do Paul command everyone to do and what happened?
“Then he (Paul) ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land. 44 The others held on to planks or debris from the broken ship.[g] So everyone escaped safely to shore.” (Acts 27:43, 44)
Paul had a destiny that God had given to him and Paul was confident that God would fulfill that destiny in his life. Paul had only to follow the path that God was leading him on. That path included fasle arrest and imprisonment, other people hating him, shipwreck and house arrest in Rome for two years, but all the while God was revealing Paul’s destiny.
Ask your children if they have begun to see the destiny that God has for them? Everyone has a destiny for which they were created. Share with each other what you see as the destiny in them. It may be just a few random thoughts, or maybe a story a two, or a prophetic word spoken over your child by others. Let God use your words to spark destiny in their hearts.
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