WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
SCRIPTURE: Acts 27
It is interesting after the last few chapters of long speeches and people interacting at many different levels and with many different motives that we find this chapter. It is very different. It provides us a very detailed description of a journey that led to a catastrophe that led to an amazing event. So, why did God want this chapter in this detail included?
One possibility is the presentation of Paul as a courageous leader who took command of a difficult situation that devolved into a crisis. So, there are important things that we can learn about leadership in this chapter. For example, we see in verses 22-26 that good leaders share God’s Word with those around him. God’s Word is a strong foundation at all times but especially in times of crisis. Leaders share God’s Word.
Second, in verses 27-32 we find that Paul warned the others on board about what could happen. One of the best tools a leader has is the truth even when the truth does not necessarily paint a good picture. Good leaders speak the truth.
Third, we see in verses 33-38 that good leaders set the example for others to follow. In this particular story, Paul was trying to get the others to eat. They had not eaten for 14 days and still he was having difficulty convincing them they needed to eat. So, he took bread and gave thanks to God in his prayer, and he ate. Others followed that example. Leaders cannot lead others to places they have not gone themselves.
Fourth, we find in verses 39-44 that good leaders provide solutions. It is a good thing to speak God’s Word in any situation. It is always best to speak the truth. And being a positive, constructive example is vitally important. But at the end of the day if leaders can’t provide solutions to problems, most people won’t follow them very far. And Paul’s solution saved the lives of everyone on board that day.
Leadership seems to be in short supply. When you consider that every organization rises and falls on leadership, a lack of leadership is a devastating thing. That’s true in our government, in our churches, and in our families. We desperately need Biblical leadership.
Before you agree with that and then convince yourself that somebody needs to step up and lead, I would argue that everyone of us need to step up and lead. The things I have written about today are things all of us can do. I think they are things we should do.