The Wisdom of the Prophetic ~ Reflections from Acts

In Acts 27, Paul attempts to warn the Roman centurion responsible for transporting him to Rome for his trial of the impending shipwreck. His warnings are ignored.⠀

“Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.”⠀

Acts 27:9-10 NKJV⠀

I believe this was a prophetic warning. As you can see if you read more of the passage. The voyage goes disastrously, but Paul still offers wisdom and comfort to them in the midst of it all. He doesn’t hit them with an “I told you so!”. Paul exercises love and demonstrates the wisdom of the prophetic by giving them practical guidance along the way and encouraging them to take heart. He had received a prophetic vision from the Lord which would carry him and the others through the tempest. ⠀

“And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar, and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”⠀

Acts 27:22-25 NKJV⠀

As this story continues, Paul exhorts them with some practical wisdom. This highlights to me the need for wisdom in a true prophetic word. A prophetic utterance from the Lord needs to have some practical steps involved which will allow the recipient to heed the voice of God in their circumstances. God cares about the details. We must lean into the wisdom of the prophetic. If a prophecy spoken over you has no wisdom contained within it, it is incomplete. God’s words guide and direct us. Look for the wisdom in the prophetic utterance…⠀

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