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Stay In The Boat

Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come. And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretense of putting out anchors from the prow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.Acts 27:29-32 (NKJV)

So here’s the setting — you’re on a ship and it is getting ready to sink; you have this strong feeling to make a break for it, because you feel if you stay where you are at you will go down with the ship.  We have all either seen or heard the story of the Titanic — a ship thought to be invincible. But, as we know, the ship hit an iceberg, rupturing the side and causing its demise.  Many on the vessel jumped in fear and soon died in the icy waters below.  

I think it is natural for us to flee when we face potential catastrophic consequences, and yet there are times when we must stay and face them.  Such was the case with the Apostle Paul and 275 other men as recorded in the Book of Acts.  Their ship was just about to be broken up and sink.  A few of the sailors decided to get into a rowboat and pretend to set an anchor.  Their plan was to flee the ship and to trust in their own ability to navigate the dangers lying ahead. 

Paul realized this, so he spoke out to the Roman centurion in charge and to the sailors attempting to flee, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”

I think we can learn a lot from this story, as it applies to each of us in our Christian walk. There will be times where we want to flee from a particular situation.  It can be a marital, family, or a working relationship, or even one within our church.  We can get to the point where we feel it is best to jump ship and to seek shelter and refuge in some other place, rather than stay where we are.  

The enemy loves to tempt us to follow our own emotions and feelings, especially if they conflict with what God’s word counsels us to do.  The enemy knows if he can get us to leave our marriages and jobs he can divide us and destroy what God wants for us.  It is important for us to trust and believe in God’s power to change the situation and to save.  When we begin to walk in faith and choose to be obedient to what He has called us to do, His power is released and change will occur.  

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to stay in the boat — God’s boat.  Don’t jump ship in your relationship with your spouse. Don’t allow the enemy to drive you from the safety of your church family.  Don’t allow him to drive a wedge between your family and you. God has a great plan, and He wants to use you mightily.  Will you let Him?

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6 what are we to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting God with all your heart and leaning not upon your own understanding?  Are you willing to acknowledge His will and ways for dealing with every situation?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the wisdom, strength and power of God to deal with every situation – especially those tempting you to flee or jump ship. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your love, mercy and grace upon my life. Thank You for rescuing me in my times of distress.  Remind me of Your promises and will when the enemy tempts me to bail out of a relationship or situation You have called me to endure.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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