In the book of Acts, we read that Paul and Silas were once locked up in prison. But what interests me the most about that incidence is how they got there.
I mean, it is okay to find yourself in jail for committing a hideous crime against God and humanity but for doing good, that is just out of it! Paul’s crime here was that he found a little girl who was possessed with the spirit of divination (soothsaying) and decided to help.
Unfortunately, she had become someone’s business project as he got paid each time she gave others a prophecy about their lives. Angry at what had become of his business, the man reports Paul to the magistrates and gets him arrested. (Acts 16:16-17)
While in prison though, you would expect Paul and Silas to ask God “stupid” questions. You would think they would tell the Lord:
- Didn’t You say that You have given us authority over devils and that nothing shall by any means hurt us?
- How come You allowed us to land here in prison for doing Your work?
But not Paul! He reacted differently instead.
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” Acts 16:25
It is my conviction that it must have been a regular practice for these guys to pray and sing at midnight. So on this fateful day, they were not going to allow their current situation stop them from their devotion to God. They weren’t going to allow their condition to stop them from praising God as usual.
What about you? How devoted are you to God? How easily do you allow life to happen and God gets off your schedule? Why should it be your devotion and commitment to God that should suffer first when things go wrong?
This is all a matter of priority you now. When we make God a priority, He makes our business a priority too! When you begin to make your service to Him a non-negotiable, you will see heaven’s hand in a special way because God shows Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is towards Him.
Life may happen but don’t you let life take away what you have with the Lord. That’s your life-line and support!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father I thank you for the boldness that you have given me by your spirit to face the challenges of life victoriously. I refuse to pay unnecessary attention to the circumstances around me because I know they are short-lived and working out for my good in the name of Jesus.