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Igniting the Fire in the Midst of the Storm

Scripture Reading: Acts 28:1-9

Key Verse:

«But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.» – Acts 28:5 (NIV)


In Acts 28, we find the Apostle Paul shipwrecked on the island of Malta. Despite the storm, the shipwreck, and the cold rain, Paul and his companions were welcomed by the islanders who kindled a fire for them. As Paul gathered sticks to keep the fire burning, a viper fastened itself to his hand. Yet, Paul shook off the snake into the fire and suffered no harm.

This passage illustrates the trials and tribulations we often face in our lives. The storm, the shipwreck, and the rain symbolize the various challenges and setbacks that can dampen our spirits and extinguish our passion for God. However, just as Paul shook off the viper, we too are called to shake off the excuses and obstacles that hinder our spiritual fervor.

Key Points:

1. Storms in Life:

– Storms represent moments when we feel unheard by God, when our prayers seem unanswered, and when we face disappointments and betrayals. These are times when our passion for God can wane. Yet, it is often through these storms that God prepares us for greater things.

2. Shipwrecks:

– Shipwrecks symbolize the collapse of our plans and the failure of what we thought would carry us to our destination. Whether it’s a failed business, a broken relationship, or a health crisis, these shipwrecks can lead us to question God’s promises. However, God uses these moments to redirect us and to show us His power and provision.

3. Rain:

– The rain represents ongoing personal struggles and battles that we face internally. These could be recurring sins, addictions, or emotional wounds. The enemy often uses these struggles to accuse us and make us feel unworthy of God’s love and grace.


Ignite the Fire:

Despite the storms, shipwrecks, and rain, we are called to keep the fire of our faith burning. This fire represents the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is through prayer, fasting, and sacrifice that we keep this fire alive.

Shake Off the Excuses:

Just as Paul shook off the viper, we must shake off the excuses that prevent us from fully committing to God. Whether it’s fear, doubt, or past failures, we must trust that God is greater than our circumstances.

Trust in God’s Greater Plan:

Remember that God often allows storms and shipwrecks to bring us to a place of greater blessing. What we see as loss, God sees as preparation for something better. Trust that His plans for you are good and that He is working all things for your benefit.

Action Step:

This week, identify one area in your life where you have allowed a storm, shipwreck, or rain to dampen your spiritual fervor. Commit to reigniting the fire through prayer, fasting, or another spiritual discipline. Trust that God will use your trials to bring about His greater purpose in your life.

P. José Daniel.

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