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Shipwrecked Faith

Posted on Mar 27 , 2014 in Faith

Shipwrecked Faith

By Brad L Hodges

1 Timothy 1:19

19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

Gilligan’s Island

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale a tale of a fateful trip

That started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship

The mate was a mighty sailin’ man the skipper brave and sure

Five passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour a three hour tour…

Many will recall this first part of the TV show jingle for Gilligan’s Island. The tiny ship ‘Minnow’ set sail for what was to be a simple three hour tour and then of course was shipwrecked on what was to become Gilligan’s Island.

Many times our faith is like that tiny ship setting sail on a life adventure full of hopes and dreams only to have it crash because of some unseen disaster shortly after we embark on it.

Many times disasters occur because we do not properly prepare for our life trips. We plunge ahead inserting our own human will into adventures like relationships, finances, careers and family planning.

If we are believers in Christ we often have the mistaken notion that we can simply self inject faith into the situation based on us inserting our own will, rather than seeking God’s already perfect plan for our lives. If one has not found Christ as their personal savior they just belly flop ahead without knowing the difference at all.

Of course when we do this, especially in major aspects of our lives, we are creating a shipwreck waiting to happen.

If we truly take the time to examine ourselves and our faith we will quickly discover that we cannot in good conscience dive feet first into life without first seeking God’s will for us.

In order to set sail on a sound course we must hold onto our faith and let the God of the Universe steer our ship.

It is not easy for humans who have been given free will to enlist God as the Captain and Harbor Master of our lives in situations where the consequences can be profoundly impactful on us because we always seem to think we know best for us. We often cease to hold onto that faith granted to us by our salvation.

Faith as defined in Hebrews 11:1 is defined as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

So in order to set sail on our life adventures we must learn and remember what is said in Psalm 46:10: “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;”

We must hold onto our faith always and pray earnestly that God will reveal His will for the course we want to set out on. Letting God plot out the navigation map rather than blindly sailing into the possible storms ahead on our own, will ensure a smoother sail and an ultimate outcome that is in accordance with what God has planned for our lives.

By setting stock in God’s navigation it will not necessarily guarantee there may not be storms on our course, but if there are, if we turn our decisions fully over to God, they will be for a purpose. God sees the infinite past and the infinite future of our lives and will steer around the free will of others that may cause our life ship to tip and toss on our journey for a time.

Those who go it alone reject faith and suffer the consequences. Those who trust in God embrace faith and arrive safely into the harbor.


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