Acts 20:9-10 – And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
From the very beginning today, I urge you to read the complete passage of Acts 20:7-16 so that you might see a full picture of what we are discussing. At the center of the story we see, someone fell asleep. Ah, sweet sleep. In his speaking to a particular gathering of people, Paul had become (what we call) long-winded. He began speaking at mealtime (probably around 6 PM), and preached until midnight. That was probably five hours of preaching at that point. Lesson to learn – if God has given you something to say, say it, and don’t stop until you’re finished.
Around midnight, Eutychus, having fallen asleep, fell from a lofty window to his death. Lesson to learn – it makes no difference how powerful or important a message from the Lord is, people are people, and they can go to sleep, even at important times.
When it was discovered that the fall had killed Eutychus, Paul was not dismayed, but rather went into action. He was available to Holy Ghost. He went down to the body and embraced it. Then he made a powerful statement of faith. He said, “His life is in him.” Lesson to learn – even at the most tragic of moments, when what has happened, be it human error or demonic attack, let nothing distract you from the mission you are on for the Lord. This is a hard statement, but when we refuse to be distracted, keeping the Lord as our primary focus, that exaltation of Him will provoke Him to move supernaturally.
The Scriptures teach that when the Word is sown, Satan will come immediately to steal that Word from your heart. While the fall of Eutychus likely had nothing to do with demonic influence (he simply fell asleep while sitting in a comfortable place after a great meal), his death could certainly be used by Satan as a great distraction to steal the Word from all the hearers. But Paul’s action kept focus on the Lord and the Word, which according to Romans 1:16, is the power of God unto salvation. Lesson to learn – let nothing take your attention from the Word of God. It is your life, your health, your provision, your faith deliverer and builder, and your armor. Hold fast to it at all times. It is life to you, and health to all your flesh. Distractions come only to get your focus on problems and away from the solution – the Word.
Manna for Today – Acts 20:7-16; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Mark 4; Proverbs 4:20-23; Luke 1:37