Acts 27:9-11 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, 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. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
The Apostle Paul , one who describes himself in Ephesians 1:1 as Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus.
We know this to be true based on his encounter with Christ on the Damascus road in Acts 9:3-5-As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked."I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting" He replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Jesus confirms His call of the Apostle Paul as His servant to Ananias in Acts 9:15-16-For he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
The Apostle Paul knew Christ personally. Paul knew His voice and was indeed lead by God's Holy Spirit. God spoke to and through Him.
The occasion of this text is no different. The holy spirit had given Paul a warning to give to the captain and owners of the ship. Paul did as the spirit lead him in warning them that it would not be good to set sail at this time.
During the time of this warning, Paul was a shackled prisoner on this ship that was headed to Rome where He would plea his case against the false charges that were brought against Him to the Roman Emperor.
Well, in the eyes of the centurion, Paul was a prisoner and his words meant nothing to them. Instead of listening to the voice of God through the Apostle Paul, the centurion decides that it was more better to listen to the master and owner of the ship than to listen to Paul who had a personal relationship with God.
As scripture declares, darkness can not comprehend the light. John 1:5-The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. The light of God's truth was presented to them, but they could not comprehend it because they did not know God.
Everyone does not have the gift of prophecy. I am in no way saying that you should believe everyone that comes to you with "the Lord told me to tell you" because there are propha liars out there.
Apostle Paul has biblical proof of his Apostleship, therefore, his spoken words came from a known and credible source called the "Holy Spirit."
Yes, we must use discernment when words are spoken that are said to be from God, especially when we are in the midst of or are facing critical decisions.
The owner and caption of the ship could not see the danger ahead, Paul could by means of the Holy Spirit.
Paul, a prisoner at the time was also an apostle of God. They knew who he was! But, instead of listening to the man of God, the centurion chose to listen to the captain and owner of the ship which caused them to experience unnecessary pain, hardship, loss of all their cargo and loss of the ship.
All of this loss happened because the voice of the Holy Spirit spoken through Apostle Paul was rejected and the voice of title and status was accepted.
God in His mercy, saved the lives of everyone aboard.
What things have we suffered or loss because we refuse to heed the voice of God?
I am learning more and more everyday how to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit for it is He alone who can lead, guide and direct us into all truth and righteousness.
If you make it a daily responsibility to pray, study and meditate on God's Word, you will continually hear the still soft voice of the Holy Spirit speaking, leading and guiding your life.
I pray that the Word of God is more important in your life than the words of an itching ear.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for divine direction.
I love you all.