Do you enjoy reading? If so you have options regarding what format you read (hard copies or e-books) and even what device you choose to read on.
Do you like to stay in touch with others? If so you have myriad of options on how you do so. (text, email, phone, instant message, etc.)
Between all of our technological gadgets we have lots of options. Although the job markets are tight, one still has options on what field they choose to study or work in. Even in our relationships we have options. In choosing how react, we have options. God gave His people the option of choosing life or death. And with our choosing to say yes to one thing, we ultimately say no to something else. There are some days I feel stuck between some of the good choices I have but even still I enjoy the benefit of having options or what I consider a fall back plan.
Is it Still a Good Option
The text of yesterday’s sermon was from Acts 27, which tells about Paul’s stormed rocked trip to Rome. As the pastor spoke about divine guidance, protection and provision, one particular passage from the story was nailed into my consciousness.
So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away.
Acts 27: 32 (NLT)
Why was this significant? Because just a few verses above (see verses 21-25) these men had agreed to follow Paul’s instruction on how to weather the storm. However, these instructions was not just man’s instruction but from God. Obedience to the instructions didn’t give them some rosy promise that nothing would be lost. No, in fact God told them the ship would go down. They would be shipwrecked but their lives would be saved. Now to men sailing out on choppy seas fearing their death that had to sound like some good news.
Yet with time the storm worsen and fear set in more than the word they had received so they attempted to rely on their fall back plan—a life boat. Rather than hold their position they sought to get out. Sound like a reasonable idea but it was what they had been instructed to do. At Paul’s reminder that they would all die unless everyone stayed in the ship, they had to weigh their options—trust God’s instruction or rely on their own wisdom.
You and I aren’t sailing out on natural choppy seas but life sure has a way of feeling a bit rocky. Does it not? Just like the those sailors, we face the options of obedience or self-reliance. In takes faith to cut the ropes of personal lifeboats and let them drift away. But it’s in letting go of our options that we demonstrate our reliance on God. Cutting away the lifeboats and following God’s command does not mean we will not experience storms or lost but we will survive through it.
This week I’m keeping a watchful eye out for those little lifeboats of mine that promise away around the storms but aren’t the ships I have been called to sail in at this time.
What are you clasping onto these days-your little lifeboat or the Word?