Today's encouragement comes from Acts 27:11, which says this:
"Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul."
This one little verse summarizes the fatal error most people make. They listen to their pocket books, their carnal hopes, and their vain lusts, *more* than they heed the word and gospel of God. And, of course, the result, in every case without exception, is the shipwreck of their lives, their estates, and all their hopes and dreams.
May we be wiser than this, by the sufficient grace given the church in the gos-pel of Christ. May God's people listen to Him; do His will; endure and enjoy what He lays-out; and find, in the end, the shores of heaven.
[Puritan quote of the day: "What Satan did in tempting man to fall is made an occasion of the contrary to what he intended in that it gave occasion for God to glorify Himself all the more, and gives occasion for the elect being brought to higher happiness.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Wisdom of God"]