You who read my Conquest articles may remember that I encourage you to read your Bible
through, even more than once, because something new stands out each time you read. Let me tell you a story.
Jesse Taylor, a former pastor of the church where I'm a member, was a sailor on an Oil tanker, the
U.S.S. Saranac, in the Pacific during World War Two. Enemy submarines watch for oilers, anxious to sink them because
they follow the fleet to re-fuel them at sea so they don’t spend weeks going back to home bases. Jesse and his ship,
with a crew of around 287, made it through the war, and years later he was converted and ultimately became a preacher. And
now, in his late 80’s, would still preach a sermon to anyone who’ll listen.
was a close friend to my Dad, who married Jesse to his wife, Bonnie, and he became a close friend of mine. But it was just
recently that I learned that he had been on that oiler. I wrote to him, noting that I felt God had possibly saved his ship
because He had plans for this sailor who couldn’t dream that someday he’d be saving souls for the Christ who had
And here’s my point: As I read my Bible through again, this
time when I read Acts 27:24, it stopped me. The Apostle Paul was on a ship with 276 aboard, in such a storm that all had given
up hope, except Paul, who said, "God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." This was because Paul was yet
to preach Christ to many people."
You see the parallel? It doesn’t
take an expert to see that God may very well have kept enemy submarines from putting a torpedo into that oiler. And many of
you will say, "Yeah, but how many oilers were sunk." And I give you Luke 13:1-5, when some taunted Christ about
believers who had been killed, Jesus reminded them of others who died when a wall fell on them. Even Christians suffer deaths
in many untimely ways. Our faith is for a Promise of peace in our hearts while here, and never-ending delight in God’s
Promise of Heaven when our time here of over. Want to get personal? "He who laughs last, laughs best." Get aboard.