“And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.” Acts 27:4

On Paul’s journey to Rome, he encountered a lot of contrary winds, trying to keep him from reaching his goal.

For years I lived in a city beside a major river. One of our favourite ways to spend an evening was to go down by the river and watch the sail boats practicing. It was interesting to see them as they followed a set course, and had to keep adjusting their sails. It looked like a lot of work to me, especially when it was very windy, but it was very necessary for them to safely make it though the course.

I came across this quote from Jimmy Dean: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination.”

On our journey towards heaven, we sometimes face situations that seem like strong winds, attempting to blow us off course. Thank God for His Word and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that gives us wisdom to adjust our thinking and get back on the right track. An adjustment of the sails puts us back on course, and we can safely make it through to the harbour.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we know that we will face many strong winds on our journey, but You are the Master of the wind, and we trust your guidance to know when to adjust our thoughts.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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