Acts 16:16-40

by Andrew Hillard

We have not been beaten or imprisoned for living out our faith in Jesus, but Paul and Silas were. For the crime of freeing a slave girl from the exploitation of her masters, they were dragged into court, attacked by a mob, and then imprisoned with their feet fastened in stocks. We may not have been where Paul and Silas were, but we’ve all faced our own darkest moments. In those moments, where we turn makes all the difference.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). In their time of difficulty, Paul and Silas didn’t display great personal strength. They depended upon God’s strength. They prayed, and they sang. We don’t know what they prayed or sang, but we know that the other prisoners listened as they cried out to God and remained in the prison when the doors were opened and their chains were loosened. And we know the impact that all of this had on the Philippian jailer and his family. For Paul and Silas, it was their faithful dependence on God in the darkness of night that shone brightly to those around them. It wasn’t that they were strong but that they prayed and sang to a God who is strong. In our darkest moment, where we turn makes all the difference.

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