Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 14:21-16:7 / Acts 16:16-40 / Proverbs 15:21-30
Paul and Silas had gotten themselves in trouble when they interfered with the revenue of an owner who had a fortune telling, physic slave girl. She followed Paul and Silas around shouting that they were from God and knew the way to be saved. After many days of this, Paul got disgusted with her “noise” and cast the demonic spirit out of her.
Since the owner could no longer make any money from her fortune telling, he accused them of uncivil and unlawful practices. Paul and Silas were flogged, imprisoned, placed in maximum security and put in stocks. (Acts 16:23,24) Remember, the world may be neutral or passive towards the gospel message but when the gospel affects their lifestyle and financial welfare, they are quick to attack.
Paul and Silas were unlawfully tried, severely beaten and Roman citizen rights ignored. Instead of filing an appeal or lashing out at the authorities, they began to pray and sing out praises to God. Their bodies were bruised and hurting but their spirits were not crushed. They rejoiced in God and His favor! It’s easy to sing when all is going well yet praise is not founded upon circumstances but upon His grace, mercy and love.
God responded to their prayers and praise. A divine earthquake shook the prison doors open and their chains fell off. Yet the greatest part of the miracle was the jailer’s request, “Sir, what must I do to be saved?” (vs.30) He was told to simply believe on the Lord Jesus and he and his household would be saved…everybody was singing then! So warm up the vocal cords – it’s time to sing!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!