Text: Acts 16; Joshua 21-22
In the story of Acts, we find several accounts of leaders in the early church being arrested and thrown in prison. On one of those occasions, Paul and Silas are imprisoned in Philippi with their feet fastened in stocks.
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. (Acts 16:25-26)
It would seem natural for them, as faithful men, to be praying. But it is a bit curious that they were also singing. When the Lord sends an earthquake and they are set free, it begins to make sense. Our great God delivers those whom He loves. When we know this, when we truly believe this, there is no captivity that can bring us to despair. No matter the darkness of the day, we can pray and even sing, knowing that rescue will come. Did you notice that the other prisoners were listening? How we act under pressure can be a powerful witness of God’s grace. Check out the rest of the story (Acts 16:25-34) and you will see that this whole scene actually resulted in the jailer and his family coming to faith in Jesus!
in Him, Mike