// Read Acts 27:9-20 //
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.[a] 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.

The Storm
13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor[b] and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

Christians have more confidence in the professional than the prophetic. They believe the words of men more that the word of God. In fact, they rely more on what the professional like doctors, mechanics, bankers etc. tell them than what the Scripture says. This is what happened to the Centurion also. Paul that knew the mind of God told them prophetically that the voyage would be with hurt and much damage (vs 10) but the Centurion, like most present day Christians, believed the master and the owner of the ship. This may be because of the experience of the Master while Paul was one of the prisoners. The outward will not always give the right judgement. Learn to value the word of God more and more.

Prayer: Pray that your confidence will be in the word of God that can never fail

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