Happy Monday, Friends!
I'm so excited because today I want to talk about one of my very favorite passages in the Bible. Paul and Silas find themselves in a prison cell...
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
There are so many good things happening here. I'm not sure how to keep all of my excitement over this passage into a rational couple of paragraphs but here goes:
Let's start with the obvious: Paul and Silas are SINGING and PRAISING God through their horrible situation. This isn't some heated jail cell where the prisoners are fed 3 meals a day. They don't get to watch Monday Night Football when they have good behavior. They don't have a treadmill to burn off steam. Their situation was certainly a miserable one. So let's take a look at the chain of events that unfold BECAUSE they continue to sing...Let's start with this: The earth shakes. The earth SHAKES, people. When God shows up, y'all...everyone knows it. This story is all about obedience. Did Paul cause the earth to shake? Of course not. Paul and Silas were just continuing to sing their song in obedience to God and God handled the rest. We are only responsible to follow the Spirit in obedience. God will make the fruit. The Jailer and his family were saved because they chose to believe in Jesus as Paul explained. The Kingdom of God will ALWAYS increase when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You can always tell when someone is walking in obedience because of the fruit that God is able to produce. This theme is hashed out over and over in the Bible. Sometimes God calls us to do relatively simple things in hard situations. This makes the simple tasks seem much more daunting. It makes us feel like we just can't achieve what God has for us to achieve. Let me encourage you to keep on singing! Get into The Word. Build that relationship with the Living God.
What is your song? Paul and Silas were called to praising through their incarceration. Maybe you are being called to bloom where you are planted or maybe you are being called to take an epic leap of faith. Either way you can be sure that God can and WILL use you if you are obedient. Someday we will have the opportunity to meet that jailer and his family in heaven we will have that opportunity because Paul and Silas were able to burst into song. Friends, real and true joy is not reliant on circumstances or even happiness. It comes from Jesus. It's all Jesus. Everything is about Jesus.
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