TUESDAY, APRIL 12
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape.
Acts 16:22-23 (NLT)
SPIRITUAL EARTHQUAKE: LIFE MAY NOT BE FAIR, BUT GOD’S NOT DONE
Snoopy took one look at the dog food and said, “This isn’t fair. The rest of the world today is eating turkey with all the trimmings and all I get is dog food. Because I’m a dog,” he said, “all I get is dog food.” He stood there and stared at his dog food for a moment and said, “I guess it could be worse. I could be a turkey.”
In Acts 16:22-23, Paul and Silas aren’t treated fairly. They are beaten and thrown in jail for obeying God and telling people about Jesus. Then they are given an unfair trial and denied their rights as Roman citizens. However, God had a plan that no one could see or understand. We learn later that Paul and Silas continued to have faith in God even though they weren’t being treated fairly.
Mike reminded us on Sunday to remember that God always has the last word and to not judge a book until you read the final chapter. No matter where you are in your journey, God is not finished. When was the last time you felt like you weren’t treated fairly? Can you look back now and see how God was at work?
Praise God for the promise of Romans 8:28, “God works all things together for good.” Think about injustices around the world and pray for the people in those situations to trust God to get them through.