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 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 rage against you causing you to lose ground, even though you know you’re headed in the right direction. There are times, however, when your sails can be rent, the ship’s mast damaged or even fallen, leaving you without 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 sense 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 causes us to drift. Confusion regarding the direction God wants us to go, failure in sin, an attack on our faith, even spiritual hurts caused by people we love.
Do you find yourself drifting in your Christian life? Do you find it 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 you. 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 return a ship from drifting to sailing, repair and restoration must be performed. Do your rent sails need mending? Does your mast need strengthening? Has someone caused great harm to you by attacking your commitment to Christ or questioning your love for Him? You can weather or attempt to ride out storms, but in order to return to sailing, you’ll need God to restore you. Do you need to 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 difficult place right now. Someone may have damaged you greatly. Don’t allow the enemy to talk you into delaying reparations. 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.