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.