Silver Linings

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So often in life, what feels like a stomach-turning situation can become a moment in our story that is encouraging not only to us, but also to our friends and family.

Pray: 

Father, thank You that You are still doing miracles. You are still ready to act on behalf of Your people.

Read: 

Acts 20:1-12

Reflect: 

What sticks out to you about this story?

Eutychus was a young man (9) who, try as he might, couldn't keep his eyes open during a long sermon, even when the speaker was Paul himself!

After seeing Eutychus tragically falling to his death, Paul rushes into the middle of the scrum and, perhaps in the style of Elijah (1 Kings 17:21) and Elisha (2 Kings 4:34), he brings Eutychus (whose name means good fortune!) back to life (10,12).

This was a chance for Paul to do a miraculous work and turn what could have been an enormous tragedy in the community into something that was "greatly comforting" (12). It underlined his teaching of the exciting and life-giving love of Christ.

So often, what feels like a stomach-turning awful situation can become a moment in our story that is not only encouraging to us, but also to our friends and family. Unfortunately, often in life, dark times don't reveal their gold as quickly as it took Paul to run down the stairs.

Apply: 

Think of a recent or current "dark time" in your life. Bring it before God and ask for his perspective.

Pray: 

Lord, thank You for Your Word and for the power of Your Spirit that backs it up. Help me rely on both.

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