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Summary: Someday, we will find ourselves in a storm just as serious as Paul faced here, but we can look into the Word of God and find out what to do: 1. Try to miss the storms. 2. Try to manage the storms. 3. Trust God to take us through the storms.

Help for the Hard Storms of Life - Part 1

The Book of Acts - Part 89

Acts 27:4-26

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - July 5, 2015

BACKGROUND:

*How can we make it through the storms in life? Tonight's Scripture can help us, because here Paul and his missionary partners went through a terrible storm.

*By this time, Paul has been falsely accused, put on trial, and held prisoner by Rome for over two years. Now, to avoid being murdered by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, Paul has appealed his case to Caesar, so the journey to Rome began. Let's start reading about it in vs. 1-14.

MESSAGE:

*Storms: Your loved one lets you down in a devastating way. The drunk driver swerves at you. Your great job gets cut. The bad test results belong to you or someone you love. Someday, we will find ourselves in a storm just as serious as Paul faced here, but we can look into the Word of God and find out what to do.

1. First: Try to miss the storms.

*We should try to miss every storm we possibly can, because a lot of storms in life can be avoided. And this was one of those storms. The men in charge of that ship made some big mistakes, and that's what put them in this awful storm.

[1] Their first big mistake had to do with leaving.

*In vs. 8, the ship was in a safe place called "The Fair Havens," and that's where they should have stayed. But look again at what happened in vs. 9-13:

9. Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,

10. saying, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.''

11. Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.

12. And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.

*The Fair Havens and Phenice or Phoenix were both on the southern side of the island of Crete, so they were only trying to go about 50 miles farther. That's another reason why it was so tempting for them to leave. All they had to do was sail a little to the southwest, then turn toward the northwest, and they had it made.

*So in vs. 13-14:

13. When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.

14. But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.

*That word "tempestuous" is where we get our word "typhoon," so the Euroclydon was a terrible, violent storm. And then it comes to storms, there is a time to leave and a time to stay. Those men left when they should have stayed.

*And many people are in terrible storms today for the same reason. They made a mistake about leaving. This is true of husbands and wives, true of people who left school, and true of people who left jobs when they should have stayed.

*It's also sometimes true about people who leave their church. We should never leave our church unless we are sure the Lord is leading us to do it.

[2] But why do people make mistakes about leaving? Often, it's because they make mistakes about listening, and that's what happened here.

*Back up in vs. 9-10. Paul tried to warn them not to leave:

9. Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,

10. saying, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.''

*But in vs. 11, the centurion listened to the wrong people: "Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul."

*We've got to be careful who we listen to. In vs. 11, we see that the experts can be wrong. Then in vs. 12 we see that the majority can be wrong too: "And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also. . ." We've got to be careful who we listen to.

[3] So the second mistake was about listening. -- And the sailors' third mistake was about how things looked.

*We see this truth in vs. 12-13, where Luke said:

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