After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said, “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. (Acts 27:21-22)
The rain pelted my car, but I changed lanes and sped up to move around a slow-moving 18-wheeler on a steep overpass. When I reached the bend, a lone car was at a standstill in the fast lane fifteen feet in front of me. With no time to stop, I quickly decided to steer my car between the stopped vehicle and the guard rail. When I could see there wasn’t enough room, I gave up hope and imagined my car falling thirty feet. It should’ve skidded on the wet road when I pounded the brakes, but my car stopped immediately, still ten feet behind the other one. God can arrange for the impossible. He’s our only hope.
The ship’s pilot and the owner didn’t want to winter on the sleepy island of Crete. Though Paul had warned them that the voyage would be disastrous, Julius, the centurion, decided they would go to Phoenix anyway.
Paul waited until the crew and passengers had lost all faith before he spoke. They listened to him because he was confident, had a history of giving good advice, and offered them hope when they had none.
As Paul shared God’s vision for the ship and crew, we should also reveal the God-things that have happened in our lives. We might provide hope to someone who has none.
Father God, I praise you for miracles and our hope in Jesus Christ. Remind me to record the God-things in my life and not chalk them up to luck or coincidence. Help me take advice only from God who promises to share his wisdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
6 thoughts on “SOAP Devotional Acts 27:21-22 – Whose advice should we take? – Free online Bible study – Commentary in easy English – Day 694”
It is amazing to look at something that has already happened and realize that it had to be a “God thing”. I wish I had kept a journal of all the times this has happened to me. It isn’t just amazing luck, it is God never leaving our sides.
Jody, praying for your best health and Sam’s too. Get better quickly. Love you!
Thanks Sis. It is never too late to keep a journal. Start today. Thanks for your prayers to get through COVID. I’m through with all the symptoms except my ear being plugged, but I know God will unplug it with or without a doc’s help. Blessings, Jody
You are a very clever person!
Thanks for coming to my website. I prayed for you today. I hope you know how much God loves you. Blessings, Jody
I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.
Thank you for your encouragement and for coming to my website. I’m glad I encouraged you also to start blogging. I prayed for you and your family today, and I hope you know how much God loves you.