Paul told the officer and soldiers, “if these sailors do not stay on the ship, you have no hope of staying alive”. Then the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away. Acts 27:31-32
The ship carried three categories of passengers: soldiers, prisoners and sailors. The seasoned sailors feared devised a plan to desert the ship, they planned their escape in a lifeboat, lowering it into the tumultuous waters. The rest of the passengers had no expertise in sailing and their departure would have meant certain demise for everyone else. The Apostle Paul stepped in again, essentially exposing the sailors’ plans to the soldiers who had the means to foil their escape.
Our Father intends for us to go through some of these storms and while we have examples of Him rebuking the waves and stopping the storm in its height, there are other times when He will demonstrate His ability to protect us through the entire duration of the storm, even if it means cancelling some of your plans. Therefore, efforts to evade the “go through” may be frustrated and your your lifeboat cut loose. This is another test of your faith, your instructions is to remain on board the will of Yahweh, release the failures in faith.
The lessons are:
- His will does not include a Plan B – Yahweh’s ways are perfect and even though you do not understand, you must believe that He is watching over your life even in this storm.
- Cut the ropes – your detachment from must be complete. The soldiers removed all hope of another option, they learned this was not their way out.
- Let it go – so your plan of escape, your “sure thing” did not work, accept that and begin to focus again on what your next instructions will be. It starts with, stay onboard with your Captain and you are guaranteed to live.
Read: Acts 27 (focus – 30-32)
Write: Is your Plan B being shelved? What needs to be let go to demonstrate your complete trust in Father Yahweh’s strategy through your storm? In your journal write what you are releasing into the wind, as you listen for His voice in prayer.
Pray: (ACTS) Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication