From: Kent Hovind
Sent: January 19, 2008
To: Dr. Luke
Subject: Through the Storm
First read: Acts 27:1-20
KH: Excuse me, Dr. Luke (Colossians 4:14), what is the problem here (Acts 27:20)?
Dr. Luke: Oh it looks pretty serious! I’ve been traveling with Paul the
Apostle since we left Ephesus (Acts 20:1) and now we are in a ship of Alexandria (Acts 27:6) headed for Rome. There are 276 of us on board (Acts 27:37) and we are caught in a really huge storm (Acts 27:14-20).
We have been driven by this fierce wind for almost two weeks now without seeing the sun or stars.
KH: That means you can’t tell your longitude or latitude since you don’t have a GPS on board, right?
DL: We have no clue where we are, and what’s a GPS?
KH: Never mind. That would take a while to explain and it won’t be invented for about 1,900 years anyway.
DL: Oh…we can’t wait that long! No one has eaten for fourteen days (Acts 27:33) and we’ve thrown about everything we can think of overboard to lighten the ship (Acts 27:19). As of now, we have no hope whatsoever (Acts 27:20).
KH: No hope…what an awful feeling!
DL: It sure is! Most of these sailors don’t know the Lord and will go to hell where there is really no hope (Revelation 20:13,14)!
KH: So what is Paul doing during the storm?
DL: He’s down below praying or sleeping.
KH: How can he sleep through this storm?
DL: Oh, Paul’s been through all kinds of trials (II Corinthians 11:23-29). He has learned to trust God and “go with the flow.”
KH: I guess I haven’t learned that one yet.
DL: Oh, Kent, you have to learn that lesson! Sometimes we get caught in currents or winds in life that are way bigger than we can fight. If we hoisted our sail in this wind, it would be torn to shreds in a few seconds. Some things you just can’t fight.
Jesus showed us that. He was born, grew up, and did His entire ministry while Israel was under Roman control. He was working for a different kingdom so he mostly ignored or avoided them. He never fought them. All political currents eventually play themselves out; so sit back, be patient, and go with the flow.
KH: That’s great advice, Dr. Luke. When Matthew Maury read Psalms 8:8 about the “paths of the seas,” he was inspired to map the ocean currents. When ship captains learned to sail with the current, even if it looked to be a longer route, they found that it was actually faster and saved billions of dollars.
DL: Ah, who’s Matthew Maury and what’s a dollar?
KH: Never mind. He hasn’t been born yet. Anyway, you are in a hopeless situation. What are you going to do?
DL: I think Paul will be coming up soon to talk with everyone (Acts 27:21). I’ll just listen to his advice. God seems to lead him in times like these. I’ll just do what he says.
KH: Good idea, Luke. It will take supernatural leadership to get out of this storm!
DL: Yes, lots of Bible characters learned to trust God when they were caught in a current too strong to fight against. Moses learned it many times. He followed the cloud just like God said (Exodus 13:17-22) even though he knew it wasn’t leading them the shortest way to the promised land. If God hadn’t lead them the way He did, Pharoah wouldn’t have been destroyed at the Red Sea and probably would have attacked Israel later to get his slaves back.
When Moses got to the Red Sea and was stuck on the beach, he was caught in a current of events way bigger than he could ever control. He learned to “stand still” (Exodus 14:13) and watch God show off His power and plan.
KH: I know, and what power it was, too! If the crossing was 9 miles from Nuweiba to Arabia with a maximum depth of 900 feet, that means each wall of water had over 21 million square feet or over 490 acres of water held vertically on each side! At 64 lbs/cubic foot for water (a little more for salt water) it would require nearly 1.4 billion pounds of pressure on each side to hold the water upâ€”not even factoring in the fact that the pressure is greatly compounded with depth. The lateral pressure is more likely an average of 28,800 lbs/square foot or over six hundred billion pounds of pressure (600,000,000,000 of pressure) on each side that God exerted to hold those walls of water up for His people to pass over! That’s mind boggling!
DL: You are strange, Kent. Have you been to a doctor lately?
KH: Well…you are a doctor.
DL: Not the kind you need. Anyway, we see from Moses’ story that even though we are caught in a situation way bigger than us, it’s never bigger than God.
KH: I’m getting a lesson in that myself.
DL: Good. There are plenty of godly examples to follow and learn from. Hezekiah faced an impossible situation (II Kings 18:13-37; II Chronicles 32:1-22) but in one night, God fixed it all (II Kings 19:35). Esther faced a royal problem that God fixed in one night (Esther 6:1)!
Joseph’s jail term was completely reversed in one hour (Genesis 41:14). Job spent months in agony but God fixed it all (Job 7:3;42). God specializes in turning around impossible situations. Jesus can step in and stop the storm (Luke 8:22-24) or He can see you through it (Daniel 3:25). Either way, you’ll be fine.
KH: So what should I do now?
DL: Hey, this wind is too strong. Let God take care of it. Relax, sleep, read a book, talk to God, and rest in Him (Matthew 11:29). By the way, Kent, God told me to give you a message.
KH: Yes, and I know what it is. “He’s got my back.”
DL: Right! How did you know?
KH: He keeps reminding me because I keep forgetting.