This post is Day 24 in a series of studies about “Suddenly”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

Feel free to comment below with your own thoughts about each verse and how you will be acting on each thought. Also, if you haven’t yet signed up to receive the notifications of new studies, you can do that today. (The form is at the bottom of the page).

Suddenly – Day 24

Acts 28:5-6

Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead. But after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

The Thought

Paul was on yet another missionary journey, although it wasn’t described as such, because he was actually a prisoner! He had appealed to Caesar after his court appearance before the governor Felix, and was being transferred to Rome by boat. It was not an easy journey! The winds were against us (Acts 27:4). The wind did not allow us to hold our course (Acts 27:7). A wind of hurricane force swept down from the island (Acts 27:14).

Paul spoke often of his faith to the others on the boat, and when the boat suffered serious damage in a violent storm all the sailors and passengers ended up on the island of Malta. The first thing they did was to light a fire to dry themselves, and their drenched clothing.

As Paul helped in collecting wood and putting it on the fire, he inadvertently picked up a snake hidden among the branches and driven out by the warmth of the fire. This man of faith did not panic as many of us would do. He just shook it into the fire and continued what he was doing.


Consider today how you cope with unexpected unpleasant surprises. Would you be afraid if a snake grabbed your arm?

Read Acts 28 and see how God used Paul on the island of Malta, blessing many through what was originally a disaster.

Can you think of times in your life when things which looked like disasters have brought something unexpectedly good?

Think of the first mention of the snake in the Bible, and all the bad consequences for mankind because of that experience (Genesis 3).

For a full list of online studies available on this site, please click here.

If there is a subject you would like to see on this site, please use the comment section below or drop us an email (there’s a link at the very top of the page). We can’t promise to cover them all, and our studies are usually prepared a month or two in advance, so please be patient.

For a full list of physical resources available through this site, please click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *