I’ve never been in a ship-wreck but my life, at times, has felt like a ship-wreck! Picture a movie scene after a storm. The freight and trunks start drifting on to the beach like oil-drenched, water-filled worthless cargo.
1 Timothy 1: 18-19 (NKJV) This charge I commit to you, (Timothy) according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.
Are your childhood memories inundated with fear, pain and rejection?
Is your memory of your life’s path saturated with guilt?
Do you feel like you are still soaked in sin?
One wave laps on to the beach – bringing the wave of denial and dismissal.
Another wave of baggage floats upon the beach bringing blame and self reproach.
Over and over the wave’s crash upon us, hurling towards us and bringing suitcases full of anger, resentment, bitterness. The shipwrecks of life bring anguish, torment and misery.
Paul had many ship-wrecks in his life! Paul was probably one of the most proliferate writers’ in the Bible. He taught us how to live, how to love and he taught us about grace.
But that’s not why I love Paul’s writing so much. You see, in the midst of teaching and training, Paul always sprinkled his writing’s with a prayer; at the beginning, at the end and with prayer inter-mixed between the lines.
1 Timothy 1: 15- 17 (NKJV) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Our lives can and may feel like a ship-wreck at times. But, Jesus is in control. He fought the fight, He calmed the storms and He holds your life in the palm of His capable Hands.
We have obtained Mercy. We can slog through the waters of Faith. We can fight the war with Prayer Warfare! Yes, we are sinners but with long-suffering we believe in Him as the Eternal, Immortal, Invisible God with Honor and Glory forever and ever.
No more ship-wrecked lives because God is Faithful and Worthy of Acceptance.