Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2019

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” – “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 28:1-10.

“When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta.  The natives showed us extraordinary kindness;  for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.  But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.  When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.”  However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.  But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead.  But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days.  And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery;  and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.  After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.  They also honored us with many marks of respect;  and when we were setting sail, they supplied us with all we needed.”  Acts 28:1-10.


Today’s Scripture shows partial fulfillment of Mark 16:17-18.  “These signs will accompany those who have believed:  in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;  they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;  they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Mark 16:17-18.  (As a side note, believers should not intentionally pick up snakes nor otherwise intentionally put themselves in harm’s way.  “Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”  Matthew 4:7.)

Although God leads us through trials and tribulations, God also gives us times of rest and recovery as is shown in today’s Scripture.  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30.

More generally, and in summary, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  Philippians 4:19-20.


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