Shipwrecked and Snake Bit
Daily Devotional for February 19th
And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. Acts 28:4
There seems to be an increase of battles when we turn our lives over to Jesus. Satan has lost control of our lives and we are now serving a new king; Jesus Christ the King of kings. For Paul, serving God would come at a cost. It was winter. It was cold. They were wet and miserable. Still feeling the effects of the storm. Paul has just survived a vicious storm by the hand of God alone. What looks like should have been a time to relax from the battle if only briefly, turns out to be a time when he needed to remain on guard. Have you ever been there? Yes of course. We all have!
Paul and the rest of the crew were marooned on the Island of Melita only to stand on the banks viewing the terrible remains of what used to be their ship. In what a time when Paul should have been able to let his guard down and rest, destruction was on his path once again. We should never become lacks in our walk with God. Satan is always out seeking whom he may devour. We should ever be watchful when it seems like the storm is over and the smoke has cleared.
Paul, out to get wood to place on the fire, encounters a viper out of the heat. Out of all the other 276 men who survived the shipwreck, Paul was the one who was bitten. Satan will pick you out of the crowd at times. But we must stand stedfast in the faith realizing that Satan is a defeated foe. He was conquered at Calvary. Beware child of God. There are times when, like Peter and Paul, Satan will pick you out of the crowd. He will attempt to sucker punch you in a time when you let your guard down.
The devil wishes to beat you while you’re down. Just because you’ve survived shipwreck, temptations or other fiery darts from the enemy doesn’t mean we should let our guard down. Paul shook off the viper into the fire. When things come in our lives from the enemy, we should always shake them off by faith. There is one greater within us than he that is in the world. God is on your side and will not suffer you to be taken. We must remain sober and vigilant for our adversary.