Reach shore safely

'You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.' Psalm 73:24 NIV

In Acts 27, the apostle Paul is on a missionary voyage to Asia. The trip is fraught with difficulty and eventually ends in a shipwreck, despite Paul's advice and warnings. What went wrong? Read the story and notice the following: (1) They thought they knew best. 'Since the harbour was unsuitable...the majority decided that we should sail on' (Acts 27:12 NIV). God doesn't guide us by the majority vote, but by his Spirit. (2) They were impatient to get to their destination. The Bible never tells us to 'hurry up or you'll miss God'! In the wilderness Israel learned that when the cloud moved, they moved; when the cloud stopped, to wait on God. (3) They failed to listen to solid advice. 'But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot...' (Acts 27:11 NIV). Take note of the advice and warnings of others in difficult situations or you could find yourself in trouble. (4) They looked at the circumstances instead of to God to guide them. 'When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they...sailed. Before very long...The ship was caught by the storm' (Acts 27:13-15 NIV). Sometimes you can't avoid the storm, but look up at God in the storm. He is always there with his provision and protection.

So what now? If you want to reach the shore safely, ask God to show you the way, and follow his guidance!

Soulfood: Dan 5-7 Mt 8:28-34 Ps 89:1-14 Pro 2:20,

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