Google+ 11/09/13 We Will Have Confidence, Not Crisis!

Acts 27:27-34

 

About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm,

As we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near.

They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep.

But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep.

At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore,

So they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.

Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship;

They lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the front of the ship.

But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, “You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard.”

So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away.

Just as day was dawning, Paul urged everyone to eat.

“You have been so worried that you haven’t touched food for two weeks,” he said. 

 “Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish.”

 

In part twelve of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!"  we once again listen to the wisdom of the apostle Paul.  It was time for Paul to sail to Italy.   To make a long story shorter, after fourteen days on the water, a huge storm developed.  The sailors were scared and decided that they would all die if they did not abandon ship.  They lowered the life raft and were ready to proceed to exit the ship.  They believed this was safe as the measurements of the ocean floor were proving that they were entering into shallower water.  Paul stopped them by explaining that if they abandoned ship, they would all perish.  You see, the ship was not really close to shore and none of them had eaten recently.  They would not have had the strength to battle the current and all of them, sailors and prisoners alike, would have vanished.  If you were to read the rest of the story (which I hope you will!), you would find that everyone is eventually saved as they exit the ship safely, swimming a great distance to shore.  Paul gives them pertinent advice three more times to keep them on the ship until the proper time of departure.  If any of us are contemplating an "abandon ship moment," we should listen carefully to the admonitions of Paul.  If we "jump" too soon, we could perish.  Most often these kinds of critical decisions are made out of fear, not out of trust.  We should think carefully about whether we truly claim God's promise that He will be with us always, even to the end of the age.  As we discussed all this week, Christians often say one thing, but do another.  The results of this kind of behavior are usually disastrous.  Many people often "perish" in our hypocritical processes.  Crisis almost always ends with indecision and people hurting others, unnecessarily.  We need to be fortified and ready for the battle for God each day in our lives.  If we aren't prepared, we will surely perish.  Live by God's commandments and honor His presence.  By doing this, "We Will Have Confidence, Not Crisis!"