“Then he [jailer] called for a light, and sprang in [rushed into the jail], and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”
god's construction zone published week of may 30, 2021
Paul and Silas had been wrongfully thrown into prison. They were not guilty of breaking any law but that did not stop the authorities from beating and imprisoning them. They had not harmed anyone but now they are imprisoned in the dead of night. However, in that dreary dungeon of a jail cell, they lift their voices to sing praises to God. There is peace and joy in their hearts that the immediate situation had not robbed from them. There is trust and faith to their God and from the overflow of God’s grace in their lives rises songs of praise. I can picture the scene in my mind. The earth begins to shake and shift. Bars are broken and chains fall to the ground. In a panic the Philippian jailer, who will die for their escape, draws his sword to take his own life . . . until Paul stops him. “Don’t! We are all here,” Paul shouts. Then the biblical account tells us of the physical prison door that swings wide open for Paul and Silas to share the Gospel with their captor and his family. But there is also a spiritual door that opens as God reveals Himself to the eyes and heart of this man and his entire household to trust Christ and be baptized – that very night.
This story should prick our minds and hearts to be drawn to consider all of the circumstances God has orchestrated in our lives. Circumstances that may have made no sense to us at the time, but now in hindsight point to His hand of grace that drew us to Him. None of us will ever know all of the things God orchestrates in our life so that we might know and love Him. Many people cross our paths and various situations come our way at just the right appointed times in order that we may see and know Him for salvation and service. And even just as amazing is the fact that God does what He does when we are often oblivious and apathetic to His will and ways. Yes, He is at work even while we are running from Him . . . just as Paul wrote, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
Do you trust the grace of God? God is at work and your life is a construction zone. Always remember that no matter where you find yourself today and no matter what circumstance you are facing, you too can have a song of praise. God holds your life in His hands, and uses everything for your good, for others’ good, and for His glory. “Father, Thank You for Your wonderful grace in my life. Help me to learn to trust You even when my situations and circumstances don’t make sense to me. Grant me deeper faith, so that I may always be singing of Your salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”