“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” Acts 16:25-26, NKJV.
Paul and Silas were going through a tough situation in their lives. Having been beaten and thrown into jail wasn’t a pleasant experience. However, they made a decision to not abide in their circumstance, but to abide in God while in their situation. They prayed and praised and surely the Lord suddenly as always came through. He rescued them from prison, and at the same time, saved the jailer with his whole household (v. 30-34)! What a mighty God we serve!
When going through tough situations in your life, it can be a challenge to keep your mind on Jesus. The situation is trying and uncomfortable. I’ve been there. Yet, God’s desire is that we keep our mind on Him. Jesus is our peace, and our calm in the storm. God is our refuge and our strength. God is sovereign and even when it doesn’t appear like it, He’s always in control.
In due time, God will turn your situation around. Be reminded to trust that there is always a greater work that God accomplishes in our situations and when you come out of it. God is pleased when we decide to praise Him in spite of what we’re going through. In this, He is glorified and made known to those around us like He did with the jailer. All because they see you abiding in Christ and watch the Lord suddenly bless you out of your situation.
Confession: I’m going to trust my Father and think on His word. I’m going to occupy my mouth with praise. When thoughts about my current circumstance come, I’m going to stay focused on Jesus the Author and Finisher of my faith. I’m going to keep seeking Him and desiring to know Jesus more. His word says He hears me, He will deliver me, and He will provide. His word says I’m blessed. I thank the Father that’s it’s already done. Hallelujah!
Study: Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 37:4 & 25