Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck. 1 Timothy 1:19
On his way to Rome, Paul and his Roman captors were shipwrecked. God had warned the apostle that if they continued the journey, their ship would be torn apart by the pounding seas. However, the captain sailed on.
Many Christians have faced similar circumstances in their walks with God. For whatever reason, they have turned aside to temptation, complacency, or some other sin. Deep inside they know they are no longer living the life God has for them, yet they have become driven by their actions and are blind to the impending consequences.
Paul remembered what it felt like to be shipwrecked. He could recall the sensation of the ship coming apart beneath him and the screams of the frightened crew. So clear was this one event in his mind that he drew an analogy from it to warn others who were on their way to becoming spiritually shipwrecked in their faith (1 Timothy 1:19).
When you compromise God’s principles, you risk running aground spiritually. If you feel as though you’ve already sailed onto a rocky shore, ask Him to forgive and cleanse you. Forgiveness and restoration are always God’s way. Whatever your need, He is willing to meet it if you will turn to Him.
Father, strengthen my faith. I don’t want to become a shipwrecked saint.