“As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand”.
Talk about some bad things happening to someone…
Poor Paul, of course he hadn’t always walked the straight and narrow, but here we find him zealous for Jesus and spreading the Good News, not zealous for religion anymore.
He had just survived a shipwreck when the snake bit him.
Not just any small shipwreck, but one that tore the boat to shreds leaving him temporarily stranded on the island of Malta.
He was on the ship as a prisoner, as he had already been for two years.
He was being transported to Rome for trial, although no judge up to this point could really even narrow down the charges against him, yet there he remained—in a prison.
But before the shipwreck, God told Paul something very important.
“Paul, you will bring the Good News to the Romans”.
Paul is on his way, but he’s not there yet.
He just survived a shipwreck and now he has a poisonous snake hanging off his hand.
And what does he do?
He shakes it off and keeps on truckin’ (Acts 28:5).
Yeah! He shook it off.
Maybe he was thinking “no weapon formed against me shall prosper”…
Or maybe he was thinking “get behind me satan”…
Or maybe he wasn’t thinking about anything but bringing the Good News to the Romans.
Because that’s what Jesus told him he was going to do.
He knew his work wasn’t over.
He shook off the snake.
He did not fear.
He shook it off.
And there he stood, unharmed.
Has God given you a word about your journey?
If not, ask Him to, but if He has…
HOLD ON TO IT!
Trust him to get you where you need to go, speak with who you need to speak with, open the right doors and close the rest, and honey, hang on to your word!!!
Listen, we are not exempt from bad things happening to us, but God is faithful!
And He will complete the good work that He began in you!