Paul commences his voyage to Rome right at the time when travel on the Mediterranean Sea is becoming most hazardous due to the weather conditions. Paul warns those with him on the voyage that they should not press on but they listen rather to the ‘experts’. A huge storm arises and threatens to destroy the ship and all aboard but God graciously promises to Paul that provided His instructions are believed and followed, all on the ship will be saved. The crew and passengers, fearing for their very lives, believe the promise and are delivered from the storm.
We see from this account:
The passage is applied to unbelievers whose souls are in peril of the Judgment of God unless they believe His promise of salvation in and through Christ alone. It is also applied to believers who will experience trials and afflictions in this life and need to hold on to the promises of God and seek His deliverance, knowing that He is faithful and will work all things together for their good.