Simply put, the journey is not easy. In Paul’s journey to Rome, nothing about the voyage was simple. Foreboding weather and travel difficulties made each day go slowly and cause the group to fall farther behind schedule. By the time Yom Kippur–Day of atonement arrived (usually early to mid fall), The travelers were no where near the planned destination. Paul strongly advised them to stop, but again, no one listened. The sad news was, that Paul was right. He could see the trouble ahead–but, because he was always speaking the truth that people did not want to hear–he was marginalized.
Christians today are also marginalized. They are considered judgmental and radical–their words are simply dumb and ignorant. They are out of touch with the world. What the world does not see, is that we are right. God made life, family, integrity and selflessness precious for a reason. We as a church continue to promote those values and are dismissed and persecuted for doing so. If, the world would adopt the principles we hold dear–the nation would experience peace and order again and would become the greatest nation on earth. But, as long as the basic common sense principles are ignored–well, the storms ahead forecast disaster. We have to continue to pray and speak the truth in love. In doing so–perhaps God will bring the next revival and great awakening to the one nation that is still under God!!!
God Bless You
When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us…Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.[a] So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.