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Scholars believe that in order for Aristarchus to travel with Paul on this journey, he had to become Paulís personal slave!

Has God put people in your life who love you like that?
He has in mine.
Heís put people in my life who, I believe, would not only lay down their freedom, but their very lives!
Thatís how God works.

So take heart when the seas get stormy, and look around for the people God places in your life.
Heís put them there because he loves you and because He knows you canít make it on your own!
Like it or not, we need each other!
And God will not abandon us or leave us alone.
It has happened too many times in my life that God has put the right people there at the right time.

Because the storms of life arenít meant to be weathered alone.
And weíre foolish if we try.
God will put people in our lives at the right time and at the right place who will be with us through the storm.

Well, next we see another way God deals with storms.
He warns us away from them.

Look at verse 7.
ďWe made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.
We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them,
"Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also."

Sometimes weíre headed for a storm and we donít see it!
In this case God put Paul in their lives to warn them that trouble was coming if they didnít turn back.
The writer of proverbs said,

ďThe way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.Ē Prov 12:15

I thank God for the people in my life who have warned me!
Now, I havenít always listened, and many times Iíve played the fool, but more and more Iíve learned to listen to the advice of Godly people.

And more and more these days I seek it out.

God puts warners, the Biblical word is "admonishers", in your life.
And when God does that, the best thing you can do is listen to them!
Most of the time, however, when weíre set on a course of action, the last thing we want to do is listen to someone else!
But remember Proverbs 12.
ďThe way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.Ē

Young people, sometimes the last people you want to listen to is your parents, but God put them there!
And He put them there as warners!
How do you think they know that if you hang out with the wrong people youíll get in trouble?
Itís not some great parental wisdom that tells them that.
They know from experience!

I donít know how many times Iíve counseled with a teenager in trouble and had them say to me, "I wish Iíd listened to my parents!"
Sure they seem old-fashioned, sure theyíre behind the times.
Roxana Yuen
August 27, 2011
It is excellent to be reminded of the storms we have weathered through with Our God to help us surrender ourselves to Him in our present storm. Yes when He sleeps we are safe in His arms... and He does not slumber indeed!!!!