Yes, Boss!, Part 4 -- By Suresh Manoharan

In the concluding part of our series "YES BOSS" , we come to yet another Biblical instance, were the Lord showed who is the "real boss"….so here goes…

Hear ye, Hear ye! Seeing is believing! Come, see and believe…a lowly Passenger (actually a prisoner being transported to Rome) is commanding the Ship…not its captain …


"Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship; they lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the front of the ship. But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, 'You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard.' So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away." (Acts 27:30-32)


Now what brought about this amazing scenario, that the Ship crew including the Captain, the Officer in charge of the Prisoners obeyed its humble passenger orders? Did he stage any mid-sea coup? NAY! Let's hit the flash back button for a moment and see what actually brought Paul to the mid seas' in the first place. Wrongly arrested for blasphemy amongst other reasons by the blood-thirsty bigoted Jewish leaders (Acts 21:26-40, Acts 22,23,24,25) Apostle Paul appeals to Caesar (Court of Final appeal) claiming innocence. Thus unto Rome, he journeys in the custody of one Commanding Officer Junius along with other prisoners (Acts 27:1). In the long journey from Israel towards Rome, besides the fact that Apostle Paul's prophecy of bad weather had come true (Acts 27:10-20) with passage of time, all the VIPs' in the Ship from Paul's noble conduct had discerned that the Almighty Himself was with him, so much so (we see a vindication of this fact) that in the next emergency situation …well…let the Scripture take over once again…


"But they hit a shoal and ran the ship aground too soon. The bow of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was repeatedly smashed by the force of the waves and began to break apart. The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn't swim ashore and escape. BUT THE COMMANDING OFFICER WANTED TO SPARE PAUL, so he didn't let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land." (Acts 27:41-43)


Should I need to say more? That Apostle Paul eventually had a fruitful Ministry in Rome is altogether another matter (Acts 28) however the cardinal question, I intend to pose at this point is "Who is the ultimate commander of events in any situation?" Is it not the Lord of the Heaven's armies (Psalm 84:1,3,8,12)! Would you join me in saying YES BOSS (keeping the Almighty in view)!!!

Prayer: Father, how our hearts flow with love for thee, when we can clearly , your hand at work influencing the decisions' of our superiors. Yes Lord, thou art the TRUE BOSS. We glorify thee, once again in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Yours in His service,

Suresh Manoharan

(To access the entire "Yes, Boss!" mini-series, please click here.)