This passage shows us how unreliable our faith is if we are basing it on circumstance.
When Paul told the centurion not to sail from Crete, the centurion wouldn’t listen, but followed the advice of the pilot (experience) and the owner of the ship (money).
So, when a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted. They were very proud and believed they made right decision.
very long, the big storm came, neither sun nor stars appeared for many days. And finally, they gave up all hope of being saved.
No doubt, we all like these circumstances follow our decision which shows how good/wise we are. But, the truth is only God’s word is eternal and stands firm in the heavens (Psalm 119).
I am not saying “good” circumstances are
“bad” or lead to a “bad” result, but, we do need to verify/review our decision making process, are they based on God’s word or circumstance/experience/money.
Thanks God, He never gives up us (even sometimes when we make wrong decisions). He used Paul to encourage all the people on the boat and pointed out not one of them will be lost. Paul has faith in God that it will happen just as He told him.
Dear Lord, help me to keep the faith in you no matter what the circumstance is!! Amen.
Written by Allen Leu