Acts 27:9-11 9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. 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.
Experts. It’s fun to talk to them, isn’t it? I’m not talking about people who think they are experts, I’m talking about the real deal – pilots who know how to fly planes, doctors who know how to perform surgery, and CEOs who know how to run a business. We can gain so much insight from these people, their training, and their experience. They have wisdom that we don’t have in their area. But there’s another expert who knows even more.
Paul was on a ship with 275 other guys when thinks started getting a bit sketchy. The captain of the ship said everything will be fine. Wouldn’t he know best? After all, he is the trained one. He is the guy with experience. But he was wrong; things weren’t fine. The storm got bad and the shipp crashed. How could Paul have known? He was just an ordinary guy, let alone a prisoner. No, Paul was not an expert. He did, however, have the expert living inside of him. Although the captain had training and experience, Paul had the Holy Spirit.
You need the Holy Spirit, too! You need his presence, his wisdom, his knowledge, and his power to walk through this life. You don’t have to be an expert. You don’t have to be trained. You don’t have to be equipped. If God calls you to something, the Holy Spirit will give you all that you need to walk it out. He is the real expert! Lean on him and ask him to guide you through all of life’s decisions. Let the words that come out of your mouth be his and let his expertise shine through you.
*Are you trying to live life without the real expert living in you?