Plan B-leak

“In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.’ So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.” (Acts 27:30-32, NASB)

The other day as I was reading through Acts 27, this particular section stuck out to me.  Paul was a prisoner at this time and was on board a ship being transported to Rome because he had appealed to Caesar during his trial with Festus, earlier in Acts 25:11.  But the problem that occurred while they were traveling was that winter was approaching quickly and it was very dangerous to travel during winter.  Paul desired to port at Fair Havens, but the Captain decided to try and port at Phoenix because its harbor was not as exposed (27:12).  But as they were trying to make it there, a large storm began to approach and engulfed the ship.  It was not until the fourteenth night of the storm that they realized they were nearing land.

This is where we pick up in verses 30-32.  The sailors tried to abandon ship because they feared the ship would be driven against the rocks and they would die.  But Paul knew that God had secured all of their lives if they just had faith to stay on the ship (27:21-26; 30-32).

I feel like this translates to today very well through a simple principle.  How can we expect God to deliver us if we jump ship?  If we desire to see God’s deliverance we must trust him and ride out the storm; and the storms will come.

Follow the plan.  Stay on board.  Don’t abandon yet.

All of us eventually, if not now, will be in a storm.  This will not be a little storm that takes a few hours to wade through, but a storm that lasts so long you begin to forget what living outside the storm was like.  Then after weeks of enduring the storm; it will get worse.  It will begin to become so bad that you consider abandoning ship.  It seems that you have given God plenty of time to react and help you out.  So it seems about time to jump ship.  But that is just when you need to hang on most.

Follow the plan.  Stay on board.  Don’t abandon yet.

God will deliver you; just like he does to Paul and all of the sailors, if you just hold on.

“After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.” (Acts 27:35-36, NASB)

If you just hold on a little longer; God will offer some encouragement.  Take it.  Do not reject the encouragement because you want to continue to lie in a pool of self-pity.  Receive it and regain some strength for the last bit of the storm.

“The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety.” (Acts 27:44, NASB)

Just keep holding on and have faith that God will deliver you and he will.  Now this may not be a pretty delivery like you may have imagined.  You may find yourself like the sailors, floating on pieces of your wrecked life, but it will get you back safely.

Remember: Follow the plan.  Stay on board.  Don’t abandon yet.

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2 thoughts on “Plan B-leak

  1. Are we on the same wave length or what?! Great job, Jordan.

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