Today, we will look at the final weapon the devil launches against God’s people to bring storms into their lives while they are in obedience.
d)Improving Circumstances in the Direction of Danger
Verse 13, “And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.”
Many times this is where Christians lose battles, while praying but yet to secure victory totally in the spirit realm. The battle is still raging but it begins to look like we have gotten the victory, and there is a shift. At such moments, the devil brings some improving circumstances (that makes it feel like we have gotten the victory)- just like someone playing dead in a battle, causing the opponent to relax his guard, and at that time he turns and shoots the opponent- that is what the devil does.
The majority must have thought that the soft wind that was blowing meant that the coast was clear and must have told Paul that he missed it this time around. But in verse 14, the bible says “But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon”. The devil lured them into the path of the Euroclydon and by the time they arrived they had lost the ship and almost lost their lives. But Paul was in the midst of it, so you can find yourself in a situation like this especially if you are not in the position to make decisions.
Sometimes a Christian can find himself under a boss that takes a crazy decision that can endanger lives. It can be a wife that follows a husband who makes such a decision. For example, Naomi’s husband, Elimelech decided to leave town but eventually the famine they ran away from ended, the husband died, the two sons died and then she decided to return home. She didn’t die because it was not her decision. If you were not the one that made the final decision, God is going to protect you because you were in obedience while someone else was taking the decision. A similar thing happened to Sarah, when Abraham asked her to tell the people that she was his sister. She complied with that, and it was because of her submission to godly authority that God protected her.
If you get into a situation that someone in authority has to take a decision, your stand is going to be either you explain yourself or you take a stand that can relieve you of your position. Some Christians have been laid off like that and they felt God didn’t protect them. Sometimes God wants you to stay in your obedience so that He can protect you while the person that took the decision suffers the loss.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive boldness and courage to stand by what you have told me. I refuse to be intimidated by contrary opinions and counsels in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1