Listen to the Man

And when we had sailed many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Slamone;  And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.  Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.  Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Acts 27:7-11

In this passage, we find Paul getting ready to sail to Rome.  Paul told the captain of the ship that sailing the ship was going to be a disaster.  He (correctly) predicted that the there would be “much damage…”  The Bible doesn’t tell us whether or not God specifically told him this or not; it simply says “I perceive…”  But, for the man of God, there is often something more to this “perception.”

As we see in the rest of the story, Paul turned out to be right.  But the captain of the ship didn’t listen to him.  He listened instead to the owner of the ship.  To our natural minds, that decision makes sense.  Most captains would likely listen to the owner of the ship before they would listen to a passenger who also happened to be a prisoner.  But we are not dealing with natural things here.  Paul knew God.  Paul may not have been the owner of the ship, but he knew the owner of the sea.  He knew the owner of the winds and waves.  He had some insight that the owner of the ship did not have.

God has put His men in our lives to help us and to give us wisdom.  We need to make sure that we are listening to them and paying attention to what they say.  It might help us to avoid a shipwreck in our own lives!

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