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Acts 27

Acts 27

“Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, ‘Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.’ But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.” Acts 27:9-11

Paul is on his way to Rome to give his defense. During the trip he warns the centurion that the voyage was about to get extremely dangerous. It was that time of the year when the weather was very unpredictable, triggering violent storms with no notice. The centurion dismisses Paul’s wisdom and sets sail to Rome anyway. The results are catastrophic! The boat sinks, the cargo is lost, and the prisoners are freed from their cells. It’s most likely that the centurion would either have been dismissed or seriously penalized with jail time because of his mistake.

If the centurion would have only heeded Paul’s wisdom, he could have avoided such calamity. Can you imagine how much heartache you may have avoided by simply taking wise counsel?

Warrior, life has many storms. Without wise direction it can be rocky out at sea.  Proverbs 15:22 says that “without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Are you facing a difficult situation, a tumult out at sea? Why not seek wise counsel; it could help you avoid a shipwreck!