A Damaged Ship Adrift at Sea
Daily Devotional for February 27th
But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: Acts 27-14-16
As a believer, you can have times of great victory but also have times of great despair and trial. Favorable winds can push you toward God’s direction without much effort on your part, but other times the winds can be raging against you causing you to lose ground even though you know your headed in the right direction. But there times when your sails can be rent; the ship’s mast damaged or even fallen, leaving you to have not strength or wherewithal to fight the waves. You are left to drift at the mercy of the sea.
Right now you are in the midst of tremendous trouble in your Christian life. You see your spiritual decline but have no energy to be restored. Satan has frustrated your purpose and all you can do is drift. When you become adrift, you are not sailing, you’re simply floating along. The sad part is you will move at the direction of the sea waves. If something is not soon resolved, jagged reefs will wreck you. There are a few ways satan has caused us to drift at times. Confusion of direction God wants you to go, failure in sin; an attack on our faith, and spiritual hurts caused by people we love.
Do you find yourself drifting in your Christian life? Do you find if difficult to maintain your heading? Most of the time it’s due to a spiritual hurt. As a ship becomes adrift due to a damaged mast or sails, so can we. Satan desires to damage you in some way; especially if you are making great strides or winning great victories for the kingdom of God. Those you love the most can damage you and frustrate your purpose in God.
In order to get a ship back from drifting to sailing, repair and restoration must be performed. Do your rent sails need mended? Does your mast need strengthened? Has someone caused great harm to you by attacking your commitment to Christ or question your love for Him? We can whether storms or attempt to ride out storms, but in order to return to sailing, you’ll need God to restore you. Do you need to go and restore a broken relationship? Do you need to forgive someone who has wronged you? Do you need to ask the Lord to forgive you for some sin you’ve committed?
There’s one thing about a damaged ship; it will not stay afloat for long unless it is repaired. It will sink. You may not be able to prevent harm from coming, but you can ask the Great Shipbuilder to repair you! You may be in a very bad place right now. Someone may have damaged you greatly. Don’t allow the enemy to talk you into delaying to repair you. Go to the Lord and ask Him to restore you and take the hurt. Jesus will hold you! He will reach in and pour in the healing you need. He will heal your broken heart. Bring it to Him no matter the hurt or damage. He can heal it all.