By: Lisa Wilmore
My Christian Friends,
It is my supplication that you carefully read the below scriptural account, noted in Acts 27, penned by Luke. This text, as all Biblical accounts have blessed my heart.
In Acts 27, you will read that Paul is on his way to Rome as a prisoner, accompanied by overseers and two hundred and seventy-five other prisoners (276 prisoners counting Paul). Paul is on his way to be tried before Ceasar. Prior to them leaving, he warns the centurion soldier and others of the disaster that awaited them. For various reasons, they ignore Paul’s advice and later finds themselves in unnecessary trouble. So, my prayer is that you “Save yourself troubles and listen to God’s chosen vessels.”
Scriptural Account:…Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship…(9-11 NIV).
After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you. So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me…(21-26 NIV).
The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely (42-44 ).
Listen to God’s chosen vessels and live. Ignore their advice and suffer the consequences. Read Acts 27, and it’s entirety. Awesome!