In a very interesting twist, Paul, the prisoner, is included in the conversation about what they should do.His advice is to stay where they are.He gives this advice because of his perception.The idea behind this word is that Paul has this understanding.If they sail on their way destruction will be the result.How does Paul have this understanding? I would argue that Paul is speaking here from his experience in sailing on his previous journeys.Why would I say that? Because it is only later that God sends Paul a message about this voyage. What Paul says here and what God says later doesn't match. Therefore, I believe this is Paul offering an opinion based on his experience.By the way, This is one of the reasons God gives us experiences. So that we can share them with others.Again, we are the body of Christ. We are supposed to help and support one another. One of the ways we do that is through sharing our experiences.Those who have been married a long time, share how you have made it. Those who have had marriages end, share what went wrong. Those who have already raised kids, share the things you did wrong and right! If you have suffered loss, share how God got you through it. Sharing our experiences helps to equip one another to do life Biblically.Paul is sharing his experience.READ v. 11In some ways this makes sense.Paul is not a professional sailor.Yet we have also seen that Paul has earned the respect and trust of the centurion.Regardless, the centurion is persuaded by the helmsman and the owner.READ v. 12Here we find the motivation. The harbor they were in wasn’t the best place to winter in.The rest of the verse suggests that the way this harbor faced made it more susceptible to storms. Basically, it wouldn’t have been as comfortable.The decision was to try and reach a different harbor with a more favorable placement.What we have here is a blindness to what is best. We can be blinded by our own desires.That is what seems to be taking place here. They want to spend the winter in a better port. So they ignore warnings to make their desires happen.We do this with God.Our desires blind us to the direction He would have us take.We have probably all heard someone say, “But I love him or her.”“God may say it is wrong for us to sleep together because we aren’t married, but we are in love.”Desire is allowed to blind us and we end up ignoring God.We can do this with money, with our time, with any number of things.The bottom line is that we want what we want more than we want to obey God.When we are focused on our own desires, we become blinded to the will of God.What can we do about this?When desire rises, submit to the will of God.Why?Because trials are going to come, and our desires will not give us hope. Don’t be blinded by desire.God is ignored because of blessing and God is ignored because of blindness.Those are the breakers of hope. We ignore God in times of blessing and we ignore God when we are blinded by our own desires.Now we turn to the builders of hope.