9Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. – Acts 27:9-12
One of my favorite pastors/teachers is staying with us this week and doing Bible studies at our church. Last night, Brother Mike was talking about Jonah and the storm that God sent to discipline Jonah, but then he made an interesting point about storms. Not all storms in life come from things we have done wrong or from punishment from God. Some storms happen because it is a stormy season. I knew that, but I hadn’t really paid attention to this passage in Acts before. Luke comments that the conditions were “dangerous” before they ever set sail. Everyone on the boat knew they are taking a chance by sailing in that area at that time of year, but they were willing to risk it to try and get to a “better” harbor.
If we take a risk and get caught in a storm we could have seen coming, we shouldn’t be surprised. It doesn’t mean that God is trying to get our attention. Not every storm is the result of disobedience or trials. Sometimes we get caught in the storm, because we thought we might be able to dodge the rain. In times like that, God still provides the grace and the strength to get through the storm. Turn to Him in every time of need.