On this crisp, sunny autumn morning, Pastor Victor continues to explore the sermon series, “The Evolution of a Henchman: The Spiritual Transformation of the Apostle Paul”. Again, he is focused on Paul’s conversion from notorious persecutor of the early disciples to one who passionately spreads the teaching of Jesus Christ. In today’s text, Acts 27: 39-44, there is an invaluable lesson about surviving life’s shipwrecks. In our lifetime we will all be faced with tumultuous shipwreck situations, but thankfully, on this Sunday we receive a multi-faceted strategy that will help us survive them.
The first part of this strategy entails understanding that God can make a way even when we see no way. However, God expects all of us to do everything that is within our power to survive a shipwreck. When your ship is wrecked and no longer moving you toward your destination, follow your inclination to swim with all your might and do not sink. The bold human spirit within us is resilient and instinctively strives to survive and not perish.
In the midst of the shipwreck, we must also find something that floats. When life gets rocky and unsteady trust that God is still there. His steady hand keeps us afloat as we endure health, financial or even emotional challenges from people or situations that absolutely break the heart. Our pastor notes that Paul’s writings tell us of three things that will always remain in life. They are faith, hope and love. These three will always buoy and sustain us.
Lastly, learn to hold on. Hold on and don’t you ever give up for surely the Master is always at work. In His own time, our God will make a move on our behalf. He possesses the power, and He has an obligation to us, His children, to fix it. Be sure to hold on because a wonderful change will come over you.
Alas, in this life shipwrecks will happen, but you can be sure you will survive them if you follow this proven, three-pronged strategy. First, do everything in your own power to survive. The strong spirit within you will provide the strength you need to make it. Then, be resourceful and use the broken pieces scattered around you to stay afloat. And finally, just hold on for God is always moving and He will not abandon you. Remember, my beloved child of God, you are a survivor!