Summary: STEPS TO TROUBLE
HOW TO GET IN TROUBLE
Any Christian who studies the Bible and applies what he learns from the Bible will avoid many pitfalls in this world. In Acts 27 we find Paul, a prisoner, on his voyage to Rome. This experience in Acts 27 of Paul is not written in Scripture so that we can just have a record of what happened to Paul. Shipwreck was nothing new to Paul for in II Corinthians 11:25 he mentions that he had experienced other shipwrecks. However, Acts 27 records the only one reported in detail.
Knowing that this shipwreck experience is not written just to record facts, I began to look for the truths it would teach to us. I discovered several truths that would guarantee a shipwreck in our own individual life. May we profit from the experience of the shipwreck from the adventures of Apostle Paul.
The shipwreck was the result of wrong decisions.
I. Headed for trouble when your decisions are forged in haste.
Verse 7 records that the progress has been slow. With a favorable wind, the distance between Myra and Cindus should have been covered in day. The question now was, should they put into Cnidus and wait for better weather, or should they sail on. They sailed on because the captain of the ship wanted to make all speed to Rome with his cargo, and the centurion was anxious to deliver his prisoners without costly delays.
When you get impatience, you will get impulsive. Haste leads to waste.
Haste leads to shipwreck. Haste brings trouble and regrets. Haste leads to many a false step.
Haste makes waste. The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. More haste, less speed.
Haste is the road to error.
Abraham and Sarah are the classic example of haste. Got impatience at the promise of God. The trouble the Jews have today are with the Ishmaelites (Arabs).
II. Headed for trouble when your decisions are fashioned on human reasoning rather than divine revelation (9-12).
Delay after delay now forced a critical decision on the ship’s officers and the Roman centurion. Should they continue or not? Paul admonishes them to continue sailing at this time of the year would be disastrous.
Julius the centurion looked at Paul, the missionary, a prisoner and underestimated him. He looked at the ship’s captain, and he saw a successful businessman, the owner of the large ship, a seasoned sailor, and he overestimated him. It should be no surprise that Paul’s warning was rejected by the centurion. After all, who is going to listen to a prisoner instead of the master and the owner of the ship about when to sail and when not to sail. He would naturally think him best able to judge. The centurion decided that the professional should know whether or not it is safe to proceed. The voice of the humble believer in touch with God is ignored.
The centurion sided with the man who had the most hours at the helm sailing instead of siding with the man who had the most hours communion with God on his knees. Surely the people connected with the ship are more competent in making decisions abut sailing than a lowly prisoner. He chose human reasoning instead of divine wisdom.