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Eutychus (Acts 20:9)

His name meant "Good Luck", and he lived in an age when Lady Luck was even more fervently worshiped than at modern race-tracks or lottery machines.

Young "Lucky" had had a hard day; but slipping away after the evening meal, he had found his way to the meeting place to hear the famous Paul. However, the room was warm, and after several hours even the apostle's impassioned discourse was not enough. He dozed, he slumped in his window seat -- no one paid any attention -- and then he disappeared! Did anyone reflect on his name as "Lucky" lay still on the dark street below? Had his "luck" finally run out? Did someone remember the Preacher's words: "Time and chance happeneth to all men" (Ecc 9:11)? Was it just "chance" that had done in poor Eutychus? (This often-misapplied verse should yield its true meaning to a bit of concordance work on the word "chance".)

Or... another possibility. Had this "accident" happened to the young sleeper so "that the works of God should be made manifest in him"? (John 9:3). Do not all things -- even a fatal fall from an upper window -work together for good to them that love God (Rom 8:28)? Paul assures us that "whether we wake or sleep" we shall live together with Christ (1Th 5:10).

Brethren, have we fallen asleep in the "back row" because the "night" is long? Or have we suffered a reversal of "fortune" and blamed it all on "chance"? There may be a little "Eutychus" in all of us! Maybe a great fall is just the thing we need to wake us from our "sleep". If it is, then the Father in His infinite patience and mercy will see to it that we receive it.

"And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, 'Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him'" (Acts 20:10).
Let us wake from our "falls" with a greater awareness of the wonder of God's healing grace. "Whom He loveth He chasteneth" (Heb 12:6) -and the dozing disciple may awake with a jolt. The "fall" may be unpleasant, but the "bringing up alive" will be the source of "not a little comfort" (Acts 20:12).

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