Acts 27:34 “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.”
How comforting! “No one will go bald during this tough time”! Experts say that anxiety can cause the loss of hair. If that is true then for the last several years my anxiety has been rising!
We all know that the storms of life can have effects upon our body, we understand this and so we try not to worry, which is often impossible especially if your ship is sinking.
What was Paul saying? He was using a Jewish expression (see also 2 Samuel 14:11; 1 Kings 1:52; Luke 21:18) which meant that you will live and that God will save you.
They had lost cargo, furniture, they had lost personal belongings, they had even lost the lifeboat but they would not lose their life.
How comforting indeed. We may lose everything in this world. I have sat with the poorest of the poor over the years. I have had the privilege of holding lepers, sitting with the scarred and listening to those who have been victims of war crime. I have been in hiding with those in fear of their lives and I have been with the hopeless where their demise is simply inevitable. It is a world far removed from many who think the level of their spirituality is based on how much stuff they have accumulated in their life which equals how much God has blessed them. Someone has to tell these believers they are deceived and that it is all rubbish in terms of the kingdom of God. They teach me nothing. They have nothing to say though they always seem to dictate the conversations. The broken storm-beaten believers in the forgotten world who have nothing to offer but their radiant smiles teach me that the one all-important truth of life, the one solid foundational purpose is that God saves and if their whole life is a storm and if they go down with the ship then He who promised them they will live will indeed cause them to rise into new life.
This is all that matters.
We don’t lose.
Even if some of us do go bald.