According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul and Silas were in Philippi (a former city in present-day Greece), where they were arrested, flogged, and imprisoned for causing a public nuisance.
Public nuisance? When Paul and Silas commanded an evil spirit to come out of a slave girl, her owners were furious and dragged them to court. Paul and Silas were beaten and then thrown in jail. Imagine everyone’s surprise when they heard the two men singing praises and praying to God!
What a story of encouragement and hope! Paul and Silas were in chains. They didn’t know what was in story for them, but in the midst of all that, what did they do? Did they cry and lament and beg to be released? No. They prayed and sang hymns. They “rejoiced in The Lord, always” and, as a result, they became an inspiration to the prisoners around them, and, later in the story, to the jailers themselves. Their story is inspirational even today. The idea that they could celebrate and sing praises in their suffering is encouraging to us all.
And we pray:
Lord, Let me encouraged by the story of Paul and Silas. That they could sing in the midst of suffering is inspirational to me. Help me to have the kind of faith they had so that I, too, might be an encouragement to those around me. Amen.
So very much to learn from this and near identical accounts:
We can go back in His-story:
The LORD was with him; God showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.
We need to touch on a death sentence that a king was forced to enact….
The Word teaches: “ALL things work together for good in the lives of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose…Amen.” Romans 8:28.
We hopefully have read/heard of Samson…remember ALL things work together for good… Hallelujah!!!
God used Samson in his disability (his eyes were gauged out)…. Yes, we read that he was not to cut his hair or drink strong drink… there is the lesson; we are made for a purpose. Yours? Pray it up and WAIT on The LORD.