Are you feeling down, discouraged, angry, and frustrated? Learn from what Paul and Silas did when they were in a similar situation. Here they were, minding their own business, preaching the gospel. Out of nowhere, a woman who was a fortune teller, follows behind them shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God. They are telling you how you can be saved.” After this carried on for a few days, Paul eventually turned to her and commanded the evil spirit to come out of her. She was now delivered, but her owners were angry because she made them lots of money and was of no more use to them. They got upset and dragged Paul and Silas to the Roman rulers accusing them of causing trouble in the city, as the crowd joined into the attack. The Roman officers then ripped off their clothes, beat them with rods and threw them in jail. Imagine how Paul and Silas must have felt. Here they were preaching the gospel of Jesus, not bothering anyone, and now they have been publicly humiliated and thrown in jail. How do you think they felt? Mad? Discouraged? Tempted to throw in the towel? Probably all of the above. They had a decision to make as we all do when things aren’t going our way. Rather than reacting in anger and feeling down and depressed, the Bible says that they began to pray and sing praises to God. It probably wasn’t easy, but after a while they realized that God was with them and that His assignment for their life was of greater importance than their temporary frustrations. So right there in jail, beaten and bruised, with rips in their clothes, they prayed and loudly sang to God. God caused an earthquake that shook the jail so hard that the doors of the jail broke open. The keeper of the jail who was ordered to keep watch over them was even saved, both he and his family after this whole ordeal. That would not have happened if Paul and Silas would have stayed in an emotional slump and upset. Thank God they made the right choice. We can either stay frustrated or we can change our situation with some heartfelt praise and prayer. God will intervene and someone who is observing your life may even choose to receive Him in their heart through your example.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God as the other prisoners listened. Suddenly, there was a strong earthquake that shook the foundation of the jail. Then all the doors of the jail broke open, and all the prisoners were freed from their chains.” Acts 16:25-26
You are God and no one compares to You. Thank You for being good and merciful. You are great and worthy of all praise and honor. I come to You with all of my discouragement and frustrations and I give it to You. I bind the tactics of the enemy and no weapon formed against me will prosper. I’m Your servant and I receive encouragement, strength and comfort in my heart and mind right now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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