The Majority Reached a Decision

A decision that plagues me is how to go forward with my blogs:

  • Should I combine this one with
  • Should I continue posting to two separate blogs?
  • Should I start a third blog and only post there?
  • Should I import my posts from both blogs to a new one?
  • Should I stop posting and concentrate on my book about my trip to Israel?

I learned a lot while reading about Paul’s journey and shipwreck.

Acts 27:12, 13, “Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 13) When a moderate south wind came up, supposing that they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and began sailing along Crete, close inshore.”

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  1. They weren’t comfortable.
  2. The majority ruled.
  3. They wanted to reach Phoenix, (It means a bird that rose renewed from its ashes).
  4. A warm breeze was blowing.
  5. They believed they were right.
  6. They sailed along the shoreline, playing it safe.

I wonder. Would they have made it had they sailed straight to Phoenix instead of following the shoreline? I don’t know, but I did learn:

  1. Comfort is not the best reason to make a decision.
  2. The majority is not always right.
  3. Another harbor always looks better.
  4. A warm breeze at the wrong time of year is deceptive.
  5. Confirmation of a wrong idea does not make it right.
  6. Playing it safe is not safe.

Acts 27:14, 15, “But before very long there rushed down from the land a violent wind, called Euraquilo; 15) and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along.”

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The moderate south wind turned into a “nor’easter!” The violent wind came down from the land. They were caught and couldn’t face it. Finally, they gave up and were driven along. Acts 27:16-43 shows us how it went from bad to worse!

  • They lost control, v. 16.
  • They lost their cargo, v. 18.
  • They lost their ship’s tackle, v. 19.
  • They lost hope, v. 20.
  • They lost their appetite, v. 21.
  • They lost courage, v. 22.
  • They lost their lifeboat, vv. 30-32.
  • They lost their food, v. 38.
  • They lost their anchors, v. 40.
  • They lost their ship, v. 41.

Yet, they were all brought safely to land, Acts 27:44.

I must continue as long as it takes, even in discomfort. I cannot follow the crowd or wait for a new beginning. I can’t trust the winds, believe I am always right, or play it safe.

If I get ahead of God, I could lose everything. I need balance. I cannot just play it safe. I do know no matter what happens, God promises that I will land safely.

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