Looking at the snake and not the Saviour
Acts 28:4 “When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”
We get a glimpse of why the islanders had probably shown unusual kindness.
“Poseidon, the king of all the sea gods must have allowed these battered and bruised seamen to be saved. However, the goddess Justice has now stepped in and this man is most likely a murderer, he wasn’t saved at all, he must have simply escaped death from Poseidon, but now Justice has caught up with him. Let’s watch him die.”
We hear this kind of thing all the time:
“He got what was coming to him.”
“There is little doubt that our assumptions are correct.”
“He deserves it.”
“There must be something wrong. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen.”
Today people may see the snake on your hand, they may see the danger that you are in and their assessment may be a million miles away from the truth.
The trial that you are facing today does not reveal your deeds of yesterday nor your future tomorrow.
If you are going to serve then you will meet the snake. People are going to misjudge you, misinterpret you, misquote you, misunderstand you, mishear you and misread you! They are going to miss it when it refers to you! They will do all this because their eyes are on the snake whilst your eyes are on your Saviour. Let people say whatever they want, you have not time to engage with them, to defend your position, to state your case. There is only thing you must do but that is for tomorrow’s blog!