Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Sea travel was common in Bible times, but dangers were well known. The story of Paul’s sea journey to Rome (Acts 27) describes perils caused by storms, wind, and unseen rocks. As expressed by Roman poet Ovid, “The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.”

A shipwreck was a vivid way for Paul to present the perils threatening believers. In the same way sailors had to stay alert, believers need to be aware of the dangers threatening our spiritual lives. These attacks could come in many forms through misleading messages, rumors, divisions, and by drifting into treacherous theological waters.

Paul urged Timothy to take this matter seriously, to “fight the good fight.” This means being aware that we are in a spiritual battle. We need to be strong in our relationship with God, armed with the power and discernment of His Spirit, always sensitive to threats, and ready to resist false ideas.

We also need to maintain a “good conscience.” This requires that we are rooted and grounded in God’s Word with a strong, personal relationship with Him and that we are sensitive to His Spirit and committed to walk with Him. These are important warnings to avoid shipwrecks and keep us safe.