What Do You Do When You Are In a Storm? – Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD
But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon
Our text gives us an account of one of Paul’s many shipwrecks during his illustrious ministry. In 2 Corinthians 11:25 we are told that prior to this shipwreck Paul had been shipwrecked 3 times. So here we have a well- seasoned traveler who was not new to peril and danger. A Euroclydon, also known as a gregale (i.e. a “Greece gale”) is a strong wind system that blows down from Europe into The Mediterranean Sea, mostly in autumn and winter. The term is used specifically only once in the Bible, in referring to Paul’s shipwreck I our text on Malta, however there is a possible earlier reference to the same “mighty tempest in the sea,” albeit one that The Lord miraculously triggered – the storm that Jonah’s ship was caught in. As with the apostle Paul’s experience, the crew threw cargo overboard to lighten the ship’s riding depth, although in Jonah’s case, they threw Jonah overboard too. This is an interesting distinction in that whenever we hear of a saint going through trial and tribulation our predilection is always to assume that they have sinned or those who are under satanic attack. We see here scriptural inference is that hidden behind simple cause and effect there might be a natural occurrence or even in the case of a disobedient saint; Christ Himself may be the initiator Let me give you 4 things that I believe the Spirit of God is pointing to in this text that may help us deal with the inevitable storm.
Point 1 Consecration.
9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
Please note that Paul’s revelation that this voyage was headed for peril came out of a period of fasting and praying.
The 10th day of the 7th month, the Day of Atonement. About October 1st by our calendar. This time of the year was very tempestuous to sail after the feast was proverbially dangerous among ancient Jews. Also note that the fasting and praying did not start while he was in the storm but before it. We must be like Samuel and not leave the posture of prayer and fasting but stay in the ‘there place for revelation for our situation. KJV 1 Kings 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
It must be our conversation in the Greek sense. It must be our mode of conduct.
Point 2 Consent the rudder. (Permission, agreement)
King James Version (KJV)
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
Get in agreement with God. Let go and let God. Release control to God.
Point 3 Caste your wheat upon the water.
18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest , the next day they lightened the ship ;
This is the season to be diligent with the tithe. This is the season to sow. The way out of a need is through a seed. If you need love give love. If you need money give money! If you need time give time.
KJV Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
KJV Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
He went away sorrowful not because he had great possessions but because great possessions had him!
Point 4 Continue. Stay on the ship. (suffer, submit to, tolerate)
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved .
Psalms 23:4 Yea thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…
Through not to!
On the other side of the valley-
Table in the presence of mine enemies,
Head anointed with oil!
Cup running over
Goodness and Mercy following me all the days of my life!