THURSDAY, APRIL 7
16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
Acts 16:16-18 (ESV)
THE MIRACLE OF THE SLAVE GIRL: THE PROBLEM – SIN
A man took his dog to the veterinarian and asked him to cut his tail off completely. “I don’t like to do that,” said the vet. “And why completely?” “Well,” said the dog owner, “my mother-in-law is coming to visit us, and I don’t want anything in the house to suggest that she is welcome.” (Source Unknown).
In Acts 16 we meet a girl who was not welcomed. The Apostle Paul was “greatly annoyed” by the demon possessed slave girl in Acts 16. She was persistent and continued to follow and interrupt Paul. John G. Butler wrote, “The adversary is persistent. He will not hinder us just once or twice then quit. He will disturb time and time again. He intends to hinder our work until he can stop it.” Slavery was common the Roman Empire (some say up to 60 million slaves), but this slave was unusual as she was triply enslaved – (1) to her masters (2) to demonic forces and (3) to Sin, a third “master.”
Sellers mentioned the common problem of sin that we all face. It is good for us to remember that lost sinners do what they do because they are lost sinners. Are there any “greatly annoying” lost people in your life? How might God want to use you to help them?
Thank God for those who have made you feel welcome in the family of God. Pray that God would show you a lost person who is acting lost and needs a life change.