THURSDAY, APRIL 14
27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Acts 16:27-30 (NLT)
WHEN I’M AT MY BREAKING POINT, GOD CAN USE IT AS MY TURNING POINT
If a man unable to swim fell into deep water and was crying out for help, what would you do? Throw him a book on Five Easy Swimming Lessons? Shout encouragement? How about jumping into the water and crying out, “Just look at me, brother! Follow my example! I’ll teach you how to swim and save your-self!” You would do no such thing! This drowning man doesn’t need swimming lessons. It’s too late for that! What he needs is a savior, one who will come to him in his desperate state, reach down, lift him up, and deliver him from the clutches of death.(Our Daily Bread)
Mike reminded us on Sunday that most people will not turn to Jesus until they are broken and reach the end of themselves. The jailer in Acts 16 was broken. Roman law stated that if a guard lost a prisoner, he was given the same punishment the prisoner would have received. The jailer would rather commit suicide than face shame and execution. But Paul cries out and lets him know they are still there. The jailer then asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul not only saved the man’s physical life (preventing him from committing suicide), but best of all pointed him to the freedom of an eternal life in Christ.
“What must I do to be saved?” is the greatest question any man or woman can ask. Mike said, When you reach your breaking point, a great question to ask is not WHY, but WHAT. What, God, are you trying to tell me? What do you think God may be trying to tell you today?
Thank God for the times He has used your brokenness to change your direction for good. Ask God what He wants you to know today.