Acts 27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
1. They did not listen to the Man of God.
Acts 27:11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
2. The Doubt.
Acts 27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
Acts 27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
(Cyclonic Storm or Hurricane)
3. What Happens when the storms come?
a. Do Nothing
Acts 27:15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
b. You re-act
Acts 27:16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
c. When the programs don’t help you begin to throw things out of your life.
Acts 27:18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
Note: This had a cost to it… Lading.
BUT THEY STILL HAVEN’T DEALT WITH THE STORM!
d. All hope was lost
Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
e. The Ship was lost.
Note: When you stay in the storm too long… everything around you can come apart.
Acts 27:21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
Acts 27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
4. Heeding to the Man of God through the Word of God… could have saved the ship.
- There is a reason God has a Church set up with a Pastor… to help you avoid the storm.
- Notice through all of the Storm… they did everything they could… except to allow the man of God to help.
- Sometimes it may be too late to save the ship… but you can be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Tonight let me invite you to get out of the storm, to stop using the helps of this world to weather the storm… but find a safe haven of rest tonight.