WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
“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 (ESV)
THE RESCUE TEAM: LOOK UP
Christian Singer and Songwriter Lauren Daigle has written a song called “Look up child.” The song opens with these lyrics:
Where are You now When darkness seems to win
Where are You now When the world is crumbling
Oh, I, I hear You say I hear You say
Look up child
Years ago Lauren was asked by a reporter from Paradoxolgy, “What is the single most important milestone that led you to where you are today as a worship artist?” Lauren shared, “When I was 15, I was diagnosed with this illness called the cytomegalovirus. It was immune deficiency so I was homebound for about two years. It was in that season that God started to show me His character. He started teaching me who He was and started showing me the plans that He had for me.”
Out of her pain and in Lauren’s darkness God taught her to look up to Him and trust. Now, countless thousands of others are being encouraged by her songs. Similarly, thousands of years ago Paul and Silas were wrongly tortured and imprisoned, but they sang in the darkness and God used their singing to lead others to Himself. Acts 16:25 says, “the prisoners were listening to them.” This was an intent listening and focus.
Author John Stott writes, “It is wonderful that in such pain, with lacerated backs and aching limbs, Paul and Silas at about midnight were praying and singing hymns to God. Not groans but songs came from their mouths. Instead of cursing men, they blessed God. No wonder the other prisoners were listening to them.”
None of us want to go through pain or dark days but we know they come and go. Ask God when the dark days come to help you sing a song of praise to Him that leads others to listen and trust Him.