Acts 27:27-32 (MSG)
On the fourteenth night, adrift somewhere on the Adriatic Sea, at about midnight the sailors sensed that we were approaching land. Sounding, they measured a depth of 120 feet, and shortly after that ninety feet. Afraid that we were about to run aground, they threw out four anchors and prayed for daylight.
Some of the sailors tried to jump ship. They let down the lifeboat, pretending they were going to set out more anchors from the bow. Paul saw through their guise and told the centurion and his soldiers, “If these sailors don’t stay with the ship, we’re all going down.” So the soldiers cut the lines to the lifeboat and let it drift off.
The ship here represents what we are to cling to, our safety, our Lord. Our safety is assured when we remain in Him.
In the midst of a storm, fear can take us away from our destination and lead us toward death. This is what happened to the sailors as they deviously disobeyed Paul by letting down lifeboats.
While there are many lifeboats we can jump on during our storm, what you might think is a lifeboat is often a trap, a lie that will drift you far away from your Source, your Ship.
These so-called life boats may present themselves in different ways such as idols, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy or pride. They are a death trap leading you away from truth. Paul says, ‘if you don’t stay with the ship, you are going down’.