Acts 20:9 — Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead (NIV).
Paul was in Troas speaking to a group of people in a room located on the third story of a building. Scripture indicates there were lamps lit in the room, and Paul taught until midnight. A dimly lit room and a man talking on and on into the wee hours of the morning, sounds like the perfect recipe for sleep to me.
As it would turn out, a teenage boy named Eutychus was there sitting on the sill of an open window. He drifted off to sleep and fell out of the building to his death. I’m sure this was not the kind of publicity Paul was looking to get for his ministry: “Teaching So Boring, it Kills!” I used to think this story sounded more like a bad cartoon than something I could apply to my life. Then God showed me something I want to share with you today.
Eutychus’ dead body represents whatever the crisis is in your life right now as you read this. You may have multiple crises, and that’s okay. The same principle applies. Look at what happened next in the story. Acts 20:10 says, “Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” (NIV)
Your response to crisis is crucial in determining the final outcome of your situation. You can respond to your circumstance in one of two ways. Notice the first thing Paul said was, “Don’t be alarmed.” Can you imagine the chaos that ensued after a room full of people watched someone die? Most people respond irrationally to difficulty, but I want to encourage you to react as Paul did.
He calmly and confidently walked down the steps, and God used him to breathe life back into the boy. God asked Paul to do something very unusual to bring Eutychus back, but he would not have known what to do if he had responded like everyone else likely did. God can use you in much the same way concerning your crisis. Don’t flip out. Trust Him, and listen to His voice. He has made a way for you.
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