Insignificance Of Our Loss

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 in Acts, New Testament
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Acts 16:25-31
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

As we continue to journey with the disciples in their travels with the gospel from Jerusalem now to Turkey, we see the Holy Spirit working in powerful ways in the lives of people of different tribes and tongues. No longer is gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ restricted to Jews but also to the rest of the world. In today’s passage, there is a twist. The last time Paul was jailed, an angel of God whisked him away to safety but this time around, he and Silas did not move from their cell even though the jail doors were flung open by the earthquake. What caused them to stay back and why would the Lord use such trying circumstances in their lives to affect the jailer and his family’s life?

Note that Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Even though they were just stripped and beaten, their response was not moaning to God but praising God, an act of total foolishness or an act of faith because they could see beyond the physical beating. The jailer’s heart was hardened due to his job where he dealt with the worst of men. God chose to reach him in the place where he was least likely to believe and only because God loved him. Paul and Silas knew their lives were not their own anymore because they had offered it to God for his glory. What pain we face in life is nothing in comparison to the pain God went through when he sacrificed his own son Jesus Christ to save us from sin and an eternity with satan. Lets stop looking at the difficulties in our lives and crying about it, instead, lets offer praise to God for what he can achieve when we are broken for his light to shine through us.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Comments
  1. Oh yes, like Paul the Apostle, I choose to glory in suffering so that when I am weak then I am STRONG. Thank you, Vineet. This is the second article today I have read which reminds me that I am to develop an atttitude of praise and prayer no matter what situation I may be facing.

    Blessings as always,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell, I did write a comment on your blog in the same regard on the day of my post but for some technical reason, it went missing! It is difficult to understand because we live our lives with ‘Me’ at the forefront and to change that to ‘Jesus’ is the hardest thing but over time we learn and then our pride comes in the way again only to be pruned away. Praying for you and your family that God will see you through and you will glorify Him regardless.

  2. Thank you, Vineet. I do appreciate your time and prayers. Let’s keep casting HIS LOVE abroad! In Jesus Name

    Gladwell

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