• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 23, 2021

Daily Reading: Acts 27-28

Acts 27:21

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

“I told you so.” Yeah, Paul told them in verse 10 of the same chapter, but the one making the decision listened to the owner of the ship rather than listen to the “preacher”. So it is, and so it goes, as it has been it will be. Most individuals will always put human rationale above God’s unseen leadership. Yet, yielding to that unseen leadership is the essence of faith. Many claim faith but seldom live by faith.

Yet, four times in Scripture the Bible states clearly: The just shall live by faith. Once in the Old Testament (Habakkuk 2:4) and three times in the New Testament (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; and Hebrews 10:38). Living by faith is not easy for it is living outside the realm of human rationale or logic which are both natural enemies to faith. In faith Paul had told them in Acts 27:10, …Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. He was proven to be right. Caleb had an “I told you so” moment. Remember when he told Israel: And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Numbers 13:30) Do you ever wonder how many times in the forty-year period of wandering in the wilderness for Israel that Caleb was tempted to say, “I told you so?”

Every parent, every manager, every friend, probably every person on earth has had those “I told you so” moments. So, why not preachers. No one likes to be told “I told you so” and they even tell others not to say, “I told you so”. But have you noticed they only say that when they have taken the wrong advice and the “I told you so” advice was the right advice? Frankly, if the person who received the advice made a different decision than the advice given, and they were right; would they hesitate to tell the one giving the advice “I told you so”? Probably not, so why not let the other party have their due respect. When they say “I told you so” after having been right, let them. Learn from it and move on.

It may all be just a manner in which the Lord God is trying to teach us to walk by faith instead of sight.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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