AS ILLUSTRATED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
“Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.”
NEGLECTING a timely warning can be a costly mistake. The Bible contains many warnings about the dangers of sin. These warnings are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not” (Job 33:14). To neglect the warnings found in the Bible regarding sin is to invite “hurt and damage” upon yourself in one way or another; and if you continue to disregard these warnings you will everlastingly regret your foolishness. (Rev. 20:11-15).
“But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.”
Storms (battles) of all types will come in life, some of them most violently; and they will cause you to understand that you are a truly helpless and finite being. With JESUS however, there is safety in every storm (Mk. 4:37-41). He alone can bring peace to your heart when the storm comes. May you find Him now!
“And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.”
When you neglect the warnings of God you lose many things in life that you might have retained. Matthew 7:24-27 describes two types of builders. The foolish builder lost everything when the storm hit, but the wise builder preserved his goods because he built upon a solid foundation. Reader, has the storm hit you yet? If not, it will. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11).
“And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”
Without hope where would you be in life, dear Reader? The Bible speaks of those who have no real hope because they have not asked Jesus to forgive their sins (Eph. 2:12). Only Jesus can give us hope through the forgiveness of our sins, and in the sanctifying of our souls through the power of His Spirit, the HOLY SPIRIT. Reader, if you die in your sins you will be paid the wages of sin, which is eternal death (Rom. 6:23a). This means eternal separation from God. All hope will then be gone! The tempest of God’s judgment will surely come upon you if you neglect His timely warnings. All those who “sow the wind” (spiritually speaking) shall “reap the whirlwind” in judgment (Hos. 8:7a; Jer. 30:23). Ask God to forgive your sins in the name of JESUS CHRIST. You can be forgiven now (1 Jn. 1:9)! The eternal storm is coming (Mal. 4:1)!
“But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”
Reader, you will find that the promises in the Bible are true! Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and you will be saved (Acts 16:29-31)! He died for all your sins (Jn. 1:29; 1 Jn. 2:2). By His grace you can survive the storms of life! “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Repent (stop all wrongdoing and turn to God) and ask God in the Name of JESUS CHRIST to forgive your sins, and you too will find that it will be even as the Bible has declared it. – The Christian Hope.
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