Being Shipwrecked Can be for Your Own Good

Posted: April 30, 2009 in God's Will
Photo by: karen_neoh (Creative Commons)

There are so many things I love about Scripture but my favorite has to be the “timeliness.”

1 Timothy 1:19 reads,”Cling tightly to your faith in Christ, and always keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”

Being shipwrecked cannot be a pleasant experience unless you are fortunate enough to be stranded with a professor, a movie star a volleyball perhaps, anyway, you get the idea.

While Paul says that faith can be “shipwrecked” he does not say that it cannot be rescued. This, like Jesus, is real hope.

Paul is saying that we can mess up and still have hope.

“Shipwrecked”does not mean dead, to me it means useless, going to waste or, better still, left for dead.

I believe that, until recently, my faith had been “shipwrecked.” I have been useless, to God. I have been allowing my gifts and my faith to “go to waste.”

I felt God’s hand bring me back into his boat and I do not plan to ever be “shipwrecked” again.

And unlike other notable castaways, you, also, do to have to eat coconut cream pies for the rest of your life or make friends with a volleyball.

Call out to God, He WILL rescue you.

Have you ever felt shipwrecked? How did you escape your island?

  1. […] Some time ago, I wrote about how our faith, according to Paul, can be shipwrecked but that I do not believe that means were rendered permanently useless. I believe that God uses that time – if we allow him – to help us grow and to teach us what we need to learn. Obviously, we can be obstinate and miss God’s lesson but that is our doing not his. You can read that post here. […]

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