How to be Confident in a Crisis
March 21/22, 2020
“Most people are either about to enter a storm, in the midst of a storm, or have just come through a storm.” –Billy Graham
…after the Fast. (Acts 27:9)
Much time had been lost…The majority decided that we should sail on hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. (Acts 27:9,12)
“The trouble is I’m in a hurry and God is not.” –Phillips Brooks
Wrong decision + wrong time = disaster
Wrong decision + right time = a mistake
Right decision + wrong time = unacceptance
Right decision + right time = success
The centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and the owner of the ship. (Acts 27:11)
“Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they went they were healed. (Luke 17:14)
Jesus willingly complied with the local authorities’ protocol who were charged with stewarding the health and protection of the community at large.
Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on. (Acts 27:12)
When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. (Acts 27:13)
“The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind, so we gave way to it and were driven along.” (Acts 27:15)
“…let the ship be driven along.” (Acts 27:17)
“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” (Acts 27:20)
After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said, “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage because not one of you will be lost, only the ship will be destroyed.” (Acts 27:21-22)
Crisis doesn’t create character; it confirms it. Crisis doesn’t make your character; it manifests it.
Fearing that they would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. (Acts 27:29)
Drop some anchors.
Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve, stood beside me and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul.” (Acts 27:23-24)
“Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar, and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” (Acts 27:24)
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
Focus more on your purpose than on your problems.
“So keep up your courage men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” (Acts 27:25)
“Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)