Acts 28: 3 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 on his hand.4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god

After the snake bit Paul and with everyone commenting on the bite, I’m sure Paul was tempted to worry about being poisoned. But notice, Paul never said a word.

When surprisingly hurtful situations occur in our lives, we’ll be tempted to worry. We may even have people giving their opinions about how we should respond or our possible outcomes. Instead of worrying, replace worry with meditation. We can meditate on our identity, our authority, and our position in the Kingdom. We must realize nothing shall harm us to death (Luke 10:19), we’re healed (Isaiah 53:5), we are protected (2 Thess. 3:3), etc. As we meditate on the truth in God’s Word and not speak on what could happen, we position ourselves for complete wholeness from the hurt we experienced.

It may be painful and there will be times of discomfort, but by trusting in the finished works of Jesus, we’ll make it through.