Thursday, 30th December 2021: The decisions you make must be influenced by the Spirit and not merely by what you see around you!

Scripture Reading: Act 27:10
And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship but also of our lives. Nevertheless, the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Reflections: Paul was travelling under surveillance with other passengers to Rome to face trial. As they set sail, he could perceive in his Spirit that a shipwreck was going to occur which will endanger the lives of the travellers. He knew that the best thing to do was to have the trip delayed so that they will miss the coming turbulent wind. He tried to get the centurion guarding him and the crew to yield to this plan but they wouldn’t listen. This was so because there was no evidence or indication that the weather condition was ever going to change. As a result, they set sail. However in the course of the journey, the inevitable happened. A strong contrary wind blew unexpectedly and engineered the wreck that Paul spoke about. This could have been avoided if the centurion had listened to the counsel of Paul. In life, the decisions you make should be influenced by the Spirit and not by what you merely see!

Prayer: Oh Lord, let me be led by your Spirit and not what I see.

Confession: My decisions in life are influenced by the Spirit and not what I see around me.