The Fair Havens
Daily Devotional for January 23rd
And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The Fair Havens, nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. Acts 27:7-8.
Fair Havens was a place with a gradually curving shoreline on the South side of the Island of Crete with a series of mountains that blocked fierce winds. The Fair Havens became a place known to be great for protecting ships in times of storm. If a ship was caught out in the Mediterranean and relatively close, it’s captain would point the ship there for safety.
Every man, woman, boy or girl without exception, seeks refuge or a place to find relief. When hard times come, humanity runs to that place they have either found relief in before, or the place parents, family, community, country, or religion has pointed them to go. None of us are exempt from this. It’s the natural thing to do.
Although many of us have found certain things to run to in our hard times, these things will not always be the “cure all” in our life. “Fair Havens” have come to be understood as a place of solace and refuge in times of storm. Many people run to friends, family, alcohol and drugs to find a little bit of peace. While those things have been used to ease the violent storm winds that blow in your life, they cannot be relied upon as havens because they will let you down.
Jesus is the only one in this world that can provide Fair Havens. He is our refuge and strength. He is our comfort in time of storm. He is the master of the winds! The winds and seas are at His command. Are you trusting or relying on something other than Jesus? If so, it will fail you! When storms pound upon you and drive you into rough waters, why don’t you sail into Jesus; the Real Fair Havens? You’ll find lasting peace and rest from the storms of life.