Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 7; Psalm 23; Acts 27
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 27:9-25
The only way captains could navigate a ship in ancient times was by looking at the stars. When the sky was overcast, sailing became very dangerous if not impossible. The stormy season began in September, so by November, sailing was almost unheard of in those days. The event in our key passage today occurred in October after the Day of Atonement, so they were right in the middle of the “questionable” time to be sailing. Paul warned the men that sailing was going to be dangerous, and told them that, “[the] voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” The pilot and the owner of the ship, however, wanted to sail and the centurion chose to listen to that advice instead of listening to Paul. They decided to take a risk and set sail despite Paul’s warnings and despite the fact that they knew this time of year would make sailing dangerous. This decision proved to be disastrous as a violent storm hit and put the entire crew in grave danger. Paul then told the crew that they had a choice to make – they could continue down their destructive path of doing things their own way or they could listen to Paul’s advice and start putting their faith in God. If not for the grace and mercy of God, the entire ship and its crew would have surely been destroyed.
When we choose to sin against God, we also take a risk. We know about the warnings – we can read them every day in His Holy Scriptures. We know what God tells us to do and how He tells us to live our lives because repeatedly in the Bible we can see God’s message to us as clearly as Paul’s message was to the ship’s pilot. Sometimes, though, even given all of God’s warnings, we still choose to depart from his leading and go our own way. In those moments when we choose to ignore God’s directions, we are taking a huge risk. We risk our health – sometimes our physical health, and other times our emotional, spiritual, or relational health. When we choose to disobey God, we put ourselves and others in harm’s way. It should not surprise us, then, when storms come up and rage against us in those times when we have chosen to disregard all the signs and set sail down our own path of destruction. Like the men on the boat, we have a choice to make. We can continue to go our own way and disregard God, assuring our destruction, or we can start listening to His warnings and put our faith and trust in Him. We can come to realize that God’s instructions for our lives are there for a reason, and that He only has our own best interests at heart. When we decide to start listening to God, His great mercy and grace will save us from destruction.
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Posted on February 20, 2014, in 05 - Acts and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Repentance, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.