Sunday, December 20, 2009

If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all

I don't know if you have ever heard the Ray Charles song with that title. Paul hadn't heard it, but he must have felt that way at this point in the story.

He is falsely accused.
Two years go by, while the politicians play with him, never resolving his case.
Finally he appeals to Ceasar.
They get in a boat to go to Rome, and even that does not go well!

Acts 27
A Storm at Sea
1 -2 "As soon as arrangements were complete for our sailing to Italy, Paul and a few other prisoners were placed under the supervision of a centurion named Julius, a member of an elite guard. We boarded a ship from Adramyttium that was bound for Ephesus and ports west. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, went with us.
3 The next day we put in at Sidon. Julius treated Paul most decently—let him get off the ship and enjoy the hospitality of his friends there.
4 -8 Out to sea again, we sailed north under the protection of the northeast shore of Cyprus because winds out of the west were against us, and then along the coast westward to the port of Myra. There the centurion found an Egyptian ship headed for Italy and transferred us on board. We ran into bad weather and found it impossible to stay on course. After much difficulty, we finally made it to the southern coast of the island of Crete and docked at Good Harbor (appropriate name!). "
Do you expect everything to go well for you?
Because you are an American?
Because you are a Christian?
Even more if you are serving God with your whole life?
What if you have given up everything to follow God? Does He not owe you to make sure everything goes smoothly for you?
What if you were the Apostle Paul? Planted churches? Wrote half the New Testament?
Would not God make sure that everything went comfortably and easily for you?

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