Acts 28:3 “But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.”
What luck Paul had! He had just survived a shipwreck and now, while trying to build a fire to stay warm with the rest of the people, he gets snake bit. That had to hurt, don’t you think? And then, to top it off, the islanders start shouting that he must be a murderer because he got bit.
Some days, everything seems to go wrong, doesn’t it? Everything you do or say just comes up short. But Paul wasn’t worried about the shipwreck or the snakebite. He calmly goes about his business and nothing happens to him. He knows his God is with him and has a mission for him to complete. I have said it before, “We are all immortal until God takes us home.” By that I mean, our days are numbered by God Himself.
Have you explained life and death to your children? There comes an age when it is appropriate to tell them about that. Just telling them that someone has “gone away” is not helpful. If that person who has passed away is a believer, they need to know that we, as believers, will see them again one day. That’s a promise from the Father.
Snakebites, shipwrecks, automobile accidents or any other accident will not take us from this world until the Lord is good and ready to take us home. But when He does, we can rest in the fact that it is our time.
Wow! This devotion seems …well…morbid, doesn’t it? It is not meant to be. I just believe we need to be reminded that God loves us and has a home for us. That is why it is so important for us to do everything within our power to lead our children to Christ. Eternity is a long time!