WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
24 So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.
25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,
and the other prisoners were listening.
Acts 16:24-25 (NLT)
SPIRITUAL EARTHQUAKE: KEEP SINGING
Paul and Silas were severely beaten for obeying God and sharing Jesus. They are thrown in jail after a mock trial. And around midnight they are praying and singing. How could they sing after such a terrible sequence of events? Mark DeHaan writes: The midnight songs of those two men remind me of the nightingale. Observers of this remarkable bird have wondered why it continues to sing after sundown. While other birds are quiet, the lilting melodies of this creature can still be heard. The dark does not silence its song. The nightingale sings at night because that’s what God designed it to do.
Paul and Silas took comfort in knowing that they were doing what God wanted them to do. They did not stop praying and praising God because things got difficult. Jesus warned the disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” Paul and Silas believed Jesus and lived it out.
Jesus never promised life on this earth would be without struggle and suffering. In fact, Jesus promised that we would face suffering and persecution if we followed Him. Two of the most powerful weapons we have when facing adversity are prayer and praise. Do you have a favorite praise song when life gets tough?
Praise God for His master plan for your life. Ask God to teach you to praise instead of complain!