Acts 27 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“For many days, neither sun nor stars appeared, and the severe storm kept raging; finally all hope that we would be saved was disappearing. Since many were going without food, Paul stood up among them and said, ‘You men should have followed my advice not to sail from Crete and sustain this damage and loss. Now I urge you to take courage, because there will be no loss of any of your lives, but only of the ship. For this night, an angel of the G_d I belong to and serve stood by me, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And look! G_d has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.’ Therefore, take courage, men, because, I believe G_d that it will be just the way it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.’” Acts 27:20-26
Most of us, who are followers of Yeshua, didn’t simply hear the gospel once and believe. It took time for us to warm-up to the idea. Perhaps, we visited several congregational services, or hung around believers in Yeshua for a season before we decided to believe.
As for me, I grew up around churches. I sat through countless sermons and youth group meetings. They all seemed to say the same thing: If you don’t commit yourself to follow “Jesus” and repent from your sinful lifestyle, your sins will find you out! Although I knew I sinned, I laughed that message. I figured the G_d hadn’t judged me thus far, so why should I expect He was going to any time soon…or EVER for that matter?
Without going into too much detail, the night I heard the gospel for the “ump-teenth” time yet finally surrendered to Messiah Yeshua, it was because my sins had found me out! On the outside, I probably seemed bulletproof, but on the inside I was bleeding to death from self-inflicted “sin shot” wounds! I was hurting & humbled…ripe for the gospel.
If you can relate to my story, you can understand the spiritual state Paul’s traveling companions were in when Paul, a Roman prisoner, took charge and rallied the troops.
Because of G_d’s revelation to Paul, he was able to transcend his physical conditions and focus on the greater goal: the salvation of those shipwrecked alongside him.
BELIEVER, have your circumstances run aground, seemingly for no reason? Look around at those people alongside you, and ask the L_rd to direct you as to how you can parlay your situation into a Kingdom-building opportunity. He is building “preparedness” into us daily, as we read His revealed will, the Bible. This is so we may be constantly ready to give reason for the hope within us, in all seasons.
UNBELIEVER, have you run aground as a consequence of the storm of your own sin? Stop rebelling against G_d’s revealed truth, and accept that you need Him. G_d has promised salvation to all who, by faith, believe in His Son, Messiah Yeshua. Do it today!
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, August 13, 2013