When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions :: Warren Wiersbe
Read Acts 27:1-20
It was late Christmas Eve, and I was trying to put together my son's toy garage. The situation was becoming more and more frustrating. My wife smiled and said, "When all else fails, read the instructions." It was a word fitly spoken.
The fate of that toy garage was nothing compared to the fate of that ship carrying the great apostle Paul. He warned the centurion in charge that trouble lay ahead, but the centurion ignored him and gave orders to set sail. You know the rest: the promised storm blew up, the shop and its cargo were lost, and (by the grace of God) Paul and his companions were saved.
That Roman centurion made very possible mistake:
1) He became impatient (vv. 7-9, 12). He did not want to remain in that uncomfortable harbor; he wanted to get on the move. Impatience is a mark of immaturity and unbelief (read Is 26:18).
2) He listened to "expert advice" instead of God's Word (vv. 10-11). No matter what the "experts" may say, depend on the truth of God's Word.
3) He took a vote (v. 12). As usual, the majority voted to leave--and the majority was wrong! The majority, you will recall, kept Israel out of the promised land; and the majority voted to crucify Christ! Obey God's Word even if the whole world is against you.
4) He walked by sight, not faith (v. 13). The "south wind blew softly" and was the signal (to him) to start moving. Beware of the "golden opportunity" that starts to contradict God's instructions. South winds often become stormy winds.
The only sure way to pilot your boat is to obey the Word, come what may.
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)