Do you have a skiff or a lifeboat stowed away just in case you need to abandon ship? Paul told the sailors that if they wanted to survive the voyage, no one could leave the boat. They had to endure the storm in order to make it safely to land. Hebrews 10:36 says, “You have need of endurance so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” We must follow Jesus without looking back — no plan B. This passages takes on even more significance when you realize it was the leaders on the ship who stopped the crew from leaving. We need to make hard decisions and take stands for the people around us. Lord, help us to to live a life totally dependant on You; either You come through, or we are through. Help us to cut away the ropes. Amen.
–Joey Alcala, Assistant Pastor