9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.
What do you do when it seems there is no right answer? Wintering or sailing on, both had its perils and difficulties. Upon further review though, there was one thing they forgot to do…inquire from the Lord what to do. In life, we can find ourselves in situations where there cannot possibly be a good outcome. This story reminds us that it would be wise of us to lean on the Lord for advice, direction and peace. He may not reveal to us a clean solution. He may show us a way out we did not see. He may even require us to walk through those hardships. But if we bring things to the Lord, “even in the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil.” There is peace in the presence of the Lord, regardless of what hardships may come (Josh).
Thoughts for the day
- Is there a situation or challenge in your life that you haven’t brought to the Lord yet?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Shanghai Community Fellowship.