Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
On his way to be brought before Caesar, Paul and the rest of the men who were with him, suffered a ship-wreck. They got to an island called Melita and while Paul was trying to lay a bundle of sticks on the fire that was kindled to give them warmth as of the cold weather, a viper came out of the heat and fastened on his hand. And guess what Paul’s reaction was? He did not panic, he just shook off the beast into the fire and continued with what he was doing.
Everyone around him expected that after being bitten by such a venomous beast, he should swell up and die but Paul was as stable as ever. They waited a great while to broadcast the news of Paul’s death but nothing happened. To them, that Paul was facing vengeance as a result of his offence that is what must have caused him to be attacked by a viper but when they were done with all their reasonings and analysis, Paul was still standing. Paul was still bubbling with life. Paul was immovable because he heard God in Acts 27:24 –
For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
In their minds, they had concluded that the next thing that would announced will be the death of Paul and that will be the end of his story, but they were totally disappointed. They changed their minds and said that he was a god. Everyone that has concluded on you saying you will never make it or that you won`t go beyond your current level shall be totally disappointed. Why? Because you are not like anybody else. The same thing that happens to others and they drop dead, if it happens to you, you will go up; you will become better.
I prophesy to you, they have been waiting for the worst concerning you, God will surprise them with the best concerning you. God will cause them to change their minds. There are some people who have been waiting for when you will come and beg them; they are waiting to see the worst happen to you, they are waiting for you to lose the job, they are waiting and expecting something terrible, to happen to you. Receive this – they will wait forever and instead of seeing evil they’ll see good; instead of seeing destruction, they will see your promotion; instead of seeing shame around your life, they will see honour and greatness, in the Name of JESUS.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
OLD TESTAMENT: PSALM 45 – 47