A centurion named Julius guarded Paul and other prisoners on their journey to Rome. They boarded a cargo ship in Syria and crossed the Mediterranean Sea to other ports. In Myra of Lycia, they boarded a ship sailing to Italy.
“Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” (Acts 27:10)
The centurion, pilot, and owner of the ship ignored Paul’s words and sailed for a different port on Crete. But a strong wind blew them out into the Mediterranean. They were storm-tossed and forced to jettison the cargo. Soon they feared for their lives.
Paul stood up in their midst when the storm was at its worst and said −
“Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. Yet, I now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.” (Acts 27:21-22)
Paul’s words of hope were like life rafts for the other 275 men on the ship. They followed his advice and all were saved.
Why does it always seem like we people have to travel through terrible storms before we listen to the voice of the Lord? It doesn’t have to be that way.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, give us Americans ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to His churches. (Based on Revelation 2:7)
What do you think and did the Lord speak to you today?
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.