"When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon ... striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves." Acts 27:13,14,41.

It is possible for believers to be seduced by a subtle imitation of faith. That seduction is supposition. Instead of hearing "what the Spirit is saying," Revelation 3:13, people are sometimes directed by the deceptive appearance of circumstances. Supposition caused Paul's shipwreck, Mary and Joseph's anxious days searching for Jesus in Jerusalem, Luke 23:44,45, and has brought frustration to millions of other conscientious believers. In Paul's case, disaster struck when ocean winds drove the ship into a "place where two seas met." This metaphor, "where two seas met," describes church-crisis in a phenomenal way.

Whether it be Paul anciently or Christians currently, the end result of supposition is disaster. I can say without hesitation that the greatest mistakes made in my fifty years of preaching was based on "supposition"--not the Spirit's leadership. As a result, I too, have fallen into that turbulent area of two seas meeting. What does that expression about "two seas" meeting imply. Hear me carefully:

Two different bodies of water, if they are of different depth, will also be of different temperatures. Where they come together, if the colder water overlays the warm, it will try to sink. The warmer water, by nature, will try to rise. The counter-resistance of these two opposing each other produces a dangerous swirling effect that results in whirlpools. Numerous churches are caught in this same pattern. Some members want to "rise" in the power of the Spirit and welcome the change He brings. Other members feel compelled to resist, to suppress, to keep "things as they were." Need I say more about church turbulence?

My exhortation to pastors and churches is this: At all costs, avoid the mistake of "supposition." Hear what the Spirit is saying and obey Him alone. Do not suppose you know the time to sail or the time to remain in harbor if He has not expressly told you. Fair skies, calm weather, are not your guide. Get in your closet, shut the door, spiritually live there, pray to the Father who sees in secret, and obey when He guides you openly. When you have heard His instruction, follow it. Regardless. Leave consequence to Him alone. If you do that, you will avoid much crisis of "two seas" crashing together. I am not suggesting that all pain will be avoided; but I am saying pastors and congregations can be spared needless heartache by following God. Never trust supposition.