9 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.
A misfortune is described as one or more events that cause an unfortunate or distressing result. When Eutychus fell down from the window, I am quite sure that many thought that he was unfortunate. Many empathized with him and his family because fell to his death (v9). I am sure that the unfortunate and distressing result left many people in mourning and fear as well.
However, was Eutychus unfortunate or negligent? Was it a misfortune? Why Eutychus seated in the window? Why did he fall asleep during the sermon? Many times we cry ‘woe is me’, but often it is due to our own negligence and stupidity. We sometimes suffer misfortunes due to negligence. It is my prayer that we will all be more diligent, alert and wise in Jesus’ name.
On the night before last, I was fortunate to be blessed by God to carry out ministration on two persons. The anointing was so heavy and the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. After they left, I heard the devil asking, “who told you to do that”? I said, “get the behind me Satan”. I from that moment expected an attack. Went to bed without praying against an attack. In my sleep, I kept saying to myself that I should get up and pray against an attack. I did not. I told my prayer partner at 6 a.m. that I had been expecting a boomerang attack because of the powerful ministration. We prayed, but I still forgot to pray against a boomerang attack from the night before. After the prayer, I proceeded to boil eggs, and I just could not seem to handle the pot. Got confused and both of my hands got burned with boiling water. Misfortune or negligence? As God saved Eutychus and Paul brought him back to life, so did God save me today. However, the Bible guides us and says be as wise as serpents.
Homework: Pray and ask God for the wisdom to avoid unfortunate situations.