Have you ever made a bad decision? Just like me, I’m sure you have. The problem is not the bad decision, it’s when we keep making the same bad decision and never change course.
One of my favorite accounts in the Bible can be found in Acts 27. This guy, Paul, is being taken to the city of Rome, by ship, to be put on trial before the known ruler of the world, Caesar. But this journey just isn’t right. It’s starts off all wrong. The Bible tell us right away that they had to re-route their trip “because the winds were contrary.” Acts 27:4
Just like us in our bad decision, we probably should have stopped even before we got started because we just weren’t going in the direction we wanted it to, and we knew it, but we pushed on anway, right?
Then we read,
“… when we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty… since the wind did not permit us to go farther…” Acts 27:7
Clue number two would have stopped most people, but not us. Didn’t matter how difficult things got, we were going to press forward. And because we did, that’s when things really started to go nuts. We’re told about Paul’s excursion, “… the voyage was now dangerous…” Acts 27:9
We don’t know how it happened… we don’t know how it got so out of control… we thought we could navigate our way through the mess… but it only got worse. It actually started affecting other people and putting them in danger.
Then Paul shares a word from a message he got from God, but the leader was more persuaded by others, so they kept going. They even took a vote and the majority wanted to test the waters. Clue number three and four… listen to the voice of God instead of those who think they know what they’re talking about. And just so you know, the majority might win the vote but that still doesn’t mean they’re right.
You know why we keep going, right? Because we feel a little lull in the storm… a little breather… the pressure lets up for a moment and so we keep going. That’s what happened in Acts 27:13
But then things really go mad. That little downtime was enough for us to regroup and like a madman, make a few more stupid decision, like just keep going. That’s exactly what happened in Acts 27. The storm then got worse. They were afraid of running their ship aground (27:17). They started throwing their cargo overboard (27:18). The next thing you know, they’re throwing their equipment overboard (27:19). Then they lost all hope of being saved (27:20)
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: When you know it’s a bad decision, stop and let God start you over. Let Him put you on the course you need to be on. You’ll make it there faster and safer. Just turn around!
Help me get out from this bad decision. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen