Acts 27:31, 42-44 – Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved… 42 And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, that none of them should swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And thus it happened that they all were brought safely to land.” NASB
Last time we discussed the Darkness of Hopelessness that was upon them and how it relates to life. Today we want to move to another consideration of the situation and see how it applies to our daily living in Christ.
THE PARALLEL OF MEN BEFORE RECEIVING JESUS IS EVIDENT.
Their situation was dark and hopeless and there seemed to be no pathway for survival. In the natural, man found that the Law could not save them, and humans could not fulfill the demands of the Law. They were in dire need of a sure anchor and Jesus was and is the only hope of mankind. The one whom the winds and waves obey is our only hope to navigate the troubled waters of life. The best that mankind can offer in his own strength is insufficient and can never produce the peace or the redemption desired and needed.
IN THIS ACCOUNT – Some tried to escape but when the Word of God from the man of God came everything changed.
Sadly, some will never listen, hear, or heed the warnings of the Spirit of God and the Bible until they face a life or death crisis. Some only develop hearing ears in the midst of the storm. In this account, Paul warned that the safety of everyone depended on complete obedience to the Word of God. That is clearly revealed in Acts 27:31 – “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.”
That warning followed the promise of hope declared by the apostle in Acts 27:22 – “And yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.”
We must never lose sight of the truth that Jesus is our Hope and He is our ship of salvation. We must remain in him to be saved. There is no hope outside. He is our only hope and His promises are sure and certain!
I love what the apostle has to say in Acts 27:23-25 – “For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying,’ Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 “Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God, that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.” Confidence in God is essential and comforting!
Our Lord declared in Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Therefore, it is imperative that we continually go to the Book for the Words of our Lord as we navigate the troubled waters of life. We have our Lifeboat, Jesus!
The enemy may come in roaring and raging trying to intimidate and frighten us, but we have a firm foundation in Jesus. He saves. He delivers. We can rejoice in His victory over the devil and know that “in Him, we are more than conquerors.” Never ever venture outside the Lifeboat, Jesus. Outside the ship of salvation is sure destruction. None will be lost abiding in Christ!
God bless you as you abide in Him and His words abide in you! May you have a fantastic day walking in His peace and enjoying His protection!