Offering a ‘SUPERNATURAL’ RESPONSE to our PROBLEMS & PAIN
November 11 Bible Reading: Acts Chapters 16-18
"Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." (Acts 16:22-25)
After being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia (v. 6) and Bithynia (v. 7), Apostle Paul got a ‘Macedonian Call’ through a vision in which a man from Macedonia pleaded to Paul to go there and help them (v. 9). Taking this as a confirmation from God to redirect his ministry, Paul started for Macedonia with Silas (v. 10), and reached Philippi where God opened Lydia’s heart (vv. 12-15). In due time, Paul delivered a demonized slave girl (vv. 16-18) and as a reward, both Paul and Silas were beaten up badly with rods and thrown into the inner prison with shackles of chains on their feet (vv. 19-24).
When Paul and Silas experienced this injustice and mistreatment, instead of moaning and grumbling, they displayed their faith in God by praying and singing praises loudly at the midnight hour (v. 25). Such unusual behavior opened the ears of the unbelieving prisoners and the jailer. God intervened through a great earthquake, opening the prison doors, and loosening everyone’s chains so that all the prisoners could escape immediately (v. 26).
However, Paul and Silas showed their integrity by not trying to escape even when the opportunity was there. Even the other prisoners were so moved that they did not escape. God then intervened spiritually by opening the jailer’s heart so that in the wee hours of the morning, he and his family got saved and baptized (vv. 27-32). It was due to Paul and Silas’ supernatural response to their problem and pain that an entire household came to know the Savior (vv. 33-34).
Let us understand that sometimes our disappointments, problems and pain may be God’s appointments to touch other people’s lives. God can turn our obstacles into wonderful opportunities to display His glory and power. When we experience delays, changes in our well-laid plans and abrupt re-directions, it is possible that God may be leading us to do something different for Him in order to achieve His purposes through our lives. Our inconveniences may actually be God’s divine appointments! Like Paul and Silas, let us offer supernatural responses to our problems & pain!