MONDAY, APRIL 11
25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
Acts 16:25-26 (NLT)
In 1989, a terrible earthquake almost flattened Armenia. It killed over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. One father rushed to his son’s school and found the building flat as a pancake. Standing there in tears, he remembered a promise he had made to his son, “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you!” It looked absolutely hopeless, but the dad went to the back right corner and started digging in the pile of rubble. He dug for 8 hours, then 12, 24, 36 hours without stopping. Finally, in the 38th hour, as he pulled back a boulder, he heard his son’s voice. He screamed his son’s name, “ARMAND!” And a voice answered him, “Dad? It’s me Dad!”
Then the boy added these priceless words, “I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive, you’d save me and when you saved me, they’d be saved.” He remembered his Father’s promise: “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you!” (Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”)
In Acts 16, God used a physical earthquake to create a spiritual earthquake in the jailer’s heart. No one was physically hurt, chains came unlocked and the prison door was opened. Jack Arnold asks, why the earthquake? First, to confirm to Paul and Silas that God was with them. Second, to cause the prisoners to know that the True God answers prayer. Third, to shake up the Philippian jailer so as to make him face a Christless eternity so as to drive him to Jesus Christ.
Mike shared on Sunday how this physical and spiritual earthquake transformed the jailer and his family forever. Can you recall God using a physical event to get your attention spiritually? How did it change your life?
Praise God for His supernatural ability to change the course of our lives. Ask God to show you anything that He wants to change in your life.