In Acts 27, Paul is on his way to Rome to stand trial before Caesar. The weather has hindered them, so they are currently behind schedule. As they are docked at a town called Lasea, Paul advises the ship’s crew that they should stay right where they are.
But then comes this key phrase: “The majority decided that we should sail on” (Acts 27:12).
The majority in this case includes the sailing experts: the sailors, the ship captain, and even the ship’s owner. Julius, the centurion in charge of Paul, even sided with the majority.
But the majority was wrong.
As the ship is being ripped apart and driven way off course by a fierce storm, this majority even begins to give up on living through this nightmare.
But one man—Paul—with a word from God and “faith in God that it will happen just as He told me” (v. 25), became the most influential voice. From this point on, everyone listened to Paul: the sailors, the captain, the centurion.
One man + Faith in God’s Word = A Majority
Are you in a storm?
Is the majority telling you what you should do?
What has God said to you? Have you heard His Word?
Once you hear from God, cling to that Word in faith, and you will be the influential majority.