Sailing into Disaster


by Katy Kauffman with guest author Beebe Kauffman

Sometimes we sail into a storm with people who won’t listen to God’s warnings. They think everything will be fine or they listen to the wrong advice. The apostle Paul experienced this when he was sailing to Rome as prisoner under a certain centurion’s care. The centurion’s name was Julius.

Paul perceived that the ship, its cargo, and its passengers would be lost at sea, but Julius listened to the ship’s helmsman and owner rather than to Paul (Acts 27:9-11). So they kept sailing. When a head wind, or possibly a northeaster, caught them, they did everything they could to survive. God’s plans for Paul overrode both the storm and the centurion’s stubbornness. He had a plan for Paul, and the application we discover in Acts Chapter 27 encourages us as we face our own storms and head winds today.

The following excerpt is taken from Beebe Kauffman’s upcoming release, A Whole Lot of Wonderful—Application for Today of the Gospels and Acts. In this book, each chapter of the New Testament has been given a theme as you see below for Acts 27, and each paragraph has been given a statement of application. Let these principles soak into your heart and direct you to trust God when you go through a storm of this kind.

Ch. 27  When you sail into the middle of a storm with someone who will not be warned against disaster and loss, remember God.

v.1-8      Sometimes “contrary winds” hinder the intended progress on our journey for God.

v.9-12    The advice that we listen to in these situations, needs to be from God.

v.13-17  Don’t let temporarily favorable circumstances, lure you to action that will cause you difficulty and fear, and drive you off course.

v.18-19  Lighten your load, if needed.

v.20       Don’t let circumstances, no matter how severe, ever cause you to give up hope.

v.21-26  Listen to God as He tells you, “Do not be afraid,” and take heart in your circumstances.

v.27-32  When you’re afraid that you may “run aground,” drop your anchors and pray.

v.33-38  In the midst of a prolonged storm, it’s important to stay spiritually nourished for survival.

v.39-44  When disaster looks like it could bring everything to an end, count on God and His assurances that things will turn out well.

Other Application: God’s counsel will be realized in your circumstances.

Other Application for Ch. 27:

In the midst of (spiritual) storms, do four things: seek God, take heart from what He tells you, don’t be afraid, and keep spiritually nourished for survival.

Take heart in the midst of storms by seeking God’s counsel and protection.1

If you’re going through a storm like this, which of the principles above would help you to trust God and not lose heart? Tell us in the comments below, and may God’s voice be the one that you hear and follow. And may He be the One you cling to, until the winds subside.


1 Beebe Kauffman, A Whole Lot of Wonderful—Application for Today of the Gospels and Acts, (Buford, Georgia: Lighthouse Bible Studies, 2018), page 249.

© Copyright 2018 by Katy Kauffman


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Check out the other posts in this series:

  1. Calming the Storms Within (Introduction) by Katy Kauffman
  2. Building Faith through the Storms of Life by Jennifer DeFrates
  3. Jewell: From Tragedy to Victory by Katherine M. Pasour
  4. Jesus, the Survivor of the Perfect Storm by Katy Kauffman
  5. Hushing an Emotional Upheaval by Katy Kauffman
  6. Shelter in the Storm by Patty Luellen Nicholas
  7. Grace for Every Downpour by Katy Kauffman


Katy Kauffman treasures the word of God and the hope, peace, and strength it produces. Her Bible studies focus on winning life’s spiritual battles, and she has taught the Bible to women and teens. She is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. She loves spending time with family and friends, making jewelry, and hunting for the best peanut butter cookies. She makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

Beebe Kauffman is a Bible teacher, an author, and the chief editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. She cofounded Lighthouse Bible Studies with her husband Rick and daughter Katy. Found out more about her at


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Comments (6)

  • anon

    Don’t let circumstances, no matter how severe, ever cause you to give up hope is the word from God that I need to heed. I am sometimes too much of a realist and pessimist.


    I enjoyed this blog. I like the format and the praticality.

    Apr 27, 2018
  • anon

    Dara, I am so glad there was a principle that really stood out to you. I needed that same one recently. Thank you for sharing, and may God keep your hope alive!

    Apr 27, 2018
  • anon

    Katy and Beebe--What a wonderfully inspiring post for those of us struggling to "weather the storms" of life. I think the verse that I'm most in need of is: In the midst of a prolonged storm, it's important to stay spiritually nourished. Sometimes when I'm in a storm I'm so busy trying to swim on my own, that I let go of my most important lifeline--my prayer connection with God. Thanks for the reminder!

    Apr 27, 2018
  • anon

    I understand what you're saying! I don't want to try to make it on my own either. That time with God in prayer and in His Word helps me to stay sound and sane. Because of Him and what He's doing and the people He's given me, I know I can handle what comes. Thank you for sharing!

    Apr 27, 2018
  • anon

    Dearest Katy and Beebe,
    This is an amazing application of God's powerful Word. It's made for misty eyes as I read. So timely.Thank you so much for your faithfulness in teaching these principles. I look forward to holding and reading this fine book once released.

    Apr 27, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you for your sweet comment, Becky. I hope you love this book as much as I do! I hope we can release it in June. We are finishing up another book, and then it will be release party city. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

    Apr 27, 2018

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