Bible Reference: Acts 16:27-30
Bible Text: 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)
In yesterday’s devotional we looked at the thought ‘Prove It’. It seems like God would have us continue along this theme, and I believe it’s because He wants us to see how impactful it would be when His children consistently follows His will in total obedience. Imagine for a moment the scene at the jail that night where Paul and Silas were. The Word says that they were in chains, yet they were singing – sounds like there was no time for moaning and pleading for self pity, but always time for worship and praise to their Father in heaven! In fact, these warriors were well aware that the same God that gave them power to heal the sick, and work miraculously among the people they ministered to, was right there in that jail cell with them. They knew that God was well aware of the discomfort, cold and dampness of that cell, and I believe that Paul and Silas knew that God had a plan for them, even right there in those extreme circumstances. Friends, consider that versus the attitude that most of us would have assumed. Just imagine how upset we would get that our tireless efforts to help and/or minister, landed us in jail. Furthermore, we are not ‘criminals’ like the rest of the murderers and or thieves in that jail, so why are we in chains and beaten, and not privileged with a proper bed? Now think with me just a little while longer. There was an earthquake during the night, and doors are flying open and chains are popping loose. Will anyone beat us getting out of the first door opened? After all, wouldn’t you assume that this was in response to your diligent prayers! But notice what Paul and Silas did, and how God used them. The very jailer responsible for having them chained and mistreated, came to them and asked to be introduced to the God that they served! Wow! What if someone who has been watching your actions or your walk with the Lord, came up to you today and asked to be introduced to Jesus? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I believe that it will amaze us what God can, and will do with servants that are sincere in their faith and stay true to Him even under circumstances that we don’t understand at the time. Let’s give it a try today friends. It might surprise us what God can do!
Lord, please direct our paths today. We want to have the boldness and dedication of Paul and Silas, even under circumstances that would appear challenging at best. Please fill us with Your love and Your assurance to know that You will be with us through every walk of life, especially during those times when we may question, but yet You may have a purpose to reach a lost one for the kingdom. Please help us to remain humble, yet obedient in every way.
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