Yesterday we looked at Acts 28:1-6 and saw Paul being snake-bit. We remembered Jesus' Word from Mark 16 telling His followers that they would be able to handle snakes and recover. Certainly that was a great help to Paul as He stood there with a viper hanging from his arm. Yet, there is another reason Paul was not fearful of the snake.
Turn back one chapter (Acts 27 - https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?refFormat=2&refDelim=1&numDelim=1&abbrev=1"ed=0&sqrbrkt=0&sorted=0&t=NLT&mvText=acts+27) and read the harrowing event of Paul's travel by boat from Caesarea to Fair Havens and then to Malta (home of the snake). Read how the messenger of God came to Paul during the typhoon and spoke these words:
22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, 'Don't be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What's more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.' 25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.
That is what Paul stood and told the other 276 passengers who were all fearing for there lives. 'Take Courage' is the same thing as 'Do Not Fear'.
ust as Paul had said, God delivered them out of the monstrous storm and onto Malta. Therefore, God's promise was granted. When this happens our faith should be bolstered. Paul's faith certainly was!
Now back to that pesky snake. As Paul experienced that horrifying reality, he could look back on another experience. He could choose to trust God because of the recent deliverance from the typhoon. Paul chose to 'Not Fear The Snake When God Had Delivered Him From The Storm'. You can too. Maybe your storm isn't on a sea. Maybe it was in your home or in your physical body. Never the less, trust God because of what He has done and what He had promised in His Word.