Abide or Abandon Ship?
Daily Devotional for August 25th
And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Acts 27:30-32
Our limited view of our circumstances can be devastating. When trouble rises, we examine it in order to determine our course of action. This survival strategy is very deceiving. The truth is, we do not know how our storm will turn out. Although we know that Jesus has promised victory to us, we may miss His leading or instruction on how to weather the storm. As Christians, we now have, not only a promise of God’s protection, but a captain that is ever present to guide us in making every decision for every circumstance.
These shipmen were no doubt experienced sailors. It is certain that they knew navigating in the seas as well as their own ship. Their trouble though was their inability to see the future. All they could depend on was their own experience and earthly wisdom. But when it comes to God, we must throw earthly wisdom overboard. Earthly wisdom wrestles so strongly against spiritual wisdom. With a ship being tossed and taking on water, it would only make sense to abandon ship.
In our times of spiritual storms, how many times have we thought of just getting out of the boat and giving up on God? Why are we so tempted to jump ship? The devil will try his best to convince you that your problem was trusting God. But the contrary is true. Satan wants you in the sea so you are swimming in your own power instead of abiding on the ship and trusting God. Your eyes can cause you to flee, but fleeing will get you out of the frying pan and into the fire.
It’s one thing to abandon ship if it is clearly sinking. But the truth is, God’s ship will not sink. This ship isn’t going down. The worst thing you could do is to jump out of the boat where Jesus is Captain. You’ll find devastation to be the result. We are not privileged to see the end from the beginning. We must walk by faith. Not just a blind faith, but a solid trust in God’s promise that He said that He would be with you, He would never leave you nor forsake you. If Jesus is your captain, then stay onboard friend. Don’t jump out of the safest place in your storm. Jesus will sail you through this temporary storm and carry you to victory. The only way you will go under is when you abandon ship. Stay onboard friend.