Paul was in a situation where the ship he was on sank, he barely made it to an island, and was accused of being a cursed murderer after being bitten by a serpent. However, God protected Paul and changed it all into a matter that glorified God. When Satan presents us with difficulties in order to disappoint and scare us, this is the perfect condition for God to work.
Why Does He Put Us in Difficulty?
When we look at Acts chapter 27, the ship that Paul rode to go to Rome encountered a storm. Also, in chapter 28, though the ship was wrecked, the people on the ship either swam or held onto pieces of driftwood and objects to reach the Island of Melita. Because it rained and the weather became cold, the barbarous people living there kindled a fire for the people from the shipwreck. When Paul laid a bundle of sticks on the fire, a viper that was hiding there came out and bit his hand. The barbarous people saw the viper hanging from Paul’s hand and spoke among themselves. “This man must be a murderer, even though he escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.”
Why did this hardship come upon Paul? Why did God allow such hardship to His child who received salvation, a servant of God who lives for the gospel when those who are not children of God live without any problems?
Because God Was There
When you look in Genesis chapter 1, at first the earth was without form (chaotic without order or shape), void (empty), and darkness (dark without light) was on the face of the deep. However, it wasn’t alone in that condition; the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. If God hadn’t been there when the earth was chaotic, void, and dark, the earth would have stayed the same for tens of thousands of years. However, God was there. He was not pleased with the earth being chaotic, void, and in darkness. Therefore, He made light. God brought the earth out of that darkness into the light and He saw that it was good.
In this Word, the earth stands for us. Satan creates darkness, pain, and disappointment in our hearts. However, regardless of our pain or are in conditions to be disappointed, there is no reason for us to be discouraged if God is alive among us. God reverses the dark, disappointing, and difficult situations made by Satan into His glorifying works.