Acts 27:10 It Would Be So Much Better If ..

Acts 27:10 (KJV)
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.

Though Paul was not a mariner by trade, he had been a “frequent traveler.” Albert Barnes notes, “He might have perceived it from his own knowledge of the danger of navigation at the autumnal equinox, and from what he saw of the ship as unsuited to a dangerous navigation.” Men possessed of the wisdom of the Lord are often observers of life, nature, and “the nature of things.” Powers of observation cause a man to see what others likely will not. On the other hand, Barnes writes, “But there is nothing that should prevent our believing also that he was guided to this conclusion by the inspiration of the Spirit of God.” Later in the voyage, Paul will directly admit that an angel of God had appeared to him with instructions for the safety of those on the vessel. The centurion did not believe Paul’s perception of things. Everyone believed him when the hope of their lives had been lost.

  • I am happy that God, through Paul, cheered these sea-sick souls. 
  • I am happy that no soul was lost at sea.
  • I am happy that the will of the Lord was done despite the loss of the ship.

But there is a key verse that is so often ignored.

Acts 27:21 (KJV)
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.

I do not know the outcome had they hearkened unto him, but Paul was confident that they should have. It is a great blessing that God accomplishes His will regardless of whether we listen. But it would be so much better if people listened to the preacher’s pleadings, preaching, and even his inclinations.

They so often don’t. But they should.

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Acts 27:10 It Would Be So Much Better If ..

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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