February 23ed, 2018 — IGNITE

So, remember yesterday’s devotion? I talked to you about making bad decisions and how when we make a bad decision we have this tendency to keep making more bad decisions, because we don’t want to change the course of our first bad decision. I was using Acts 27 and a cruise the Apostle Paul was on and how it went from bad to worse. When we left these sailors and travelers on this ship, they had experienced all kinds of emotions, much like you and I, on our uncharted voyages.

So let’s pick the story back up and unpack it to the end. When we left them, Paul had just given them a message from God to take courage even though what they were seeing and experiencing was very real and possibly fatal.

Two weeks later (Acts 27:27) we find them all still drifting on the sea, being driven every which way, but the direction they wanted to go. Sounds like us, right? We make a bad decision or a chorus of bad decisions and it takes time for us to get out of what we got ourselves into. Two weeks seem like forever and for some of you it has been forever. Two weeks is nothing. For some of you it’s been more like 2 months. Some of you 2 years. For some, 20 years. You’re wondering when you can get off this ship? When are things going to turn around in your life? When are you going to see the light of day? When are the waves of your world going to stop tossing and rocking you around?

Like these sailors, what we do next is anchor down. We’re going to try our best to stop the madness because we can’t take it anymore. These sailors threw four anchors out to try to secure them to the seas bottom. They thought if they could just prevent anymore of the lunacy and hysteria then maybe they had a chance to survive. That’s not much different than what we do. We shut people out of our lives… we get off Facebook for awhile and disconnect… We hunker down in the attempt to quiet the storm… we disengage from others and even God to try to solve our dilemma. Somehow we got on a merry-go-round we never intended to get on, and now we find the only way off is to jump or jam the brakes.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Here’s what Paul told them…
“… not a hair from the head of any of you shall perish.” Acts 27:34

In other words, we’re all going to make it to land safely and verse 44 tells us that’s true. Friend, you may have made some bad decisions during your lifetime, and you’re living them out right now. But I’m here to tell you, soon, and very soon, you’re going to see land and you’re going to make it safely to shore. Cry out to God. Trust Him. He’ll get you there!

Calm the wind and the waves of my bad decisions and bring me safely to shore. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen