Paul and the passengers of the ship were spared and landed on the Island of Malta. Once they arrived, God began to do a work. Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake (Ironic) but to no avail. Paul simply shook the snake off into the fire. (Ironic again).
Paul then healed the Island’s leader’s very sick father. Afterward, Paul healed anyone that was sick on the island that came to see him. Once they left Malta, no one there doubted that Paul was God’s man.
Paul lived to complete his mission. He was always the same. God consistently used Paul to change those that crossed his path. Paul never sought fanfare or reward, He simply sought God in everything that he did–God honored and used Paul’s obedience to do so much that was amazing.
God calls us to be the same. We are to live to honor God and share His truth anywhere and anytime. When we do that, God will use us in the lives of others to meet their needs, change their hearts, and fill them with the knowledge and grace of God. There is no limit to the places and ways God can use us if we will simply trust and follow Him. He will use trials, temptations, tragedies, and triumphs to bring about revival within those whom we meet. We simply need to walk humbly with the Lord in the lead.
God Bless You
Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. 2 The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.
3 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. 4 The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” 5 But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. 6 The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.
7 Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us and treated us kindly for three days. 8 As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him. 9 Then all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. 10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.