Sharpen Your Spiritual Sense Of Perception
“As much time had been lost, and the voyage was already dangerous because the fast had already gone by, Paul advised them, saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” But the centurion paid more attention to the captain and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.”
Observe the word “perceive” used in the Scripture above. Paul “perceived” that this particular voyage was going to be a hazardous one. This sort of perception isn’t the type you have when you sniff something and say, “I perceive smoke; I think something is burning.” It’s a perception within your spirit, when you have an inward knowing of something that’s about to happen.
The men conveying Paul didn’t listen to him. They were desperate to make up for the lost time and get to a more conducive place where they could spend the winter. They probably thought Paul was absurd for suggesting they shouldn’t travel. However, not long after they set out, the weather changed suddenly, and they were caught in a terrible storm and, subsequently, shipwrecked. They lost the ship and everything in it except their lives, and that was because God had promised Paul no one would die (Acts 27:22).
These folks depended on their senses for direction, but Paul had spiritual perception, and because of him, all 276 lives aboard that ship were saved. This is why it’s important that you exercise and sharpen your spiritual sense of perception by giving God’s Word and Spirit your full attention. Doing this will help you perceive and avoid any dangers or mishaps that may be lying in your way.
John 8:12, 1 Timothy 4:7, Hebrews 5:14
Dear Father, I thank you for the light your Word brings to my spirit. As I walk in this light today, darkness and confusion are dispelled from my path. I’m alive to receive direction from the Spirit for every area of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.