Wednesday Word 5.24.2017
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 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. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
When we read these accounts of God working on behalf of his servants and through them, we see them as miraculous events. God sent an earthquake to shake loose the chains binding Paul and Silas. That just doesn’t happen everyday! Or does it?
There are times when it would take an earthquake to strike the lives of everyday people who are imprisoned by all kinds of chains. Bad choices that cannot be undone, addictions that destroy, fear that darkens and dominates; all of these are chains that bind and keep us from the life we were meant to have. Breaking free from these chains can seem insurmountable. Insurmountable, that is, without earth-shattering intervention from a power stronger than the human heart can muster.
Through Paul and Silas, God was able to shake up the lives of many people. The lives of the jailer and his household were forever changed. What about the other people in jail? How did this incident affect them and their beliefs? What about the jailer’s neighbors? Co-workers? And so on.
It may not be an earthquake, but has God shaken up your world? Have you witnessed God at work in someone’s life close to you? Have you ever stopped to think about the miraculous events going on around us every day? It is easy to miss God’s hand at work if we are not paying attention. It is easy to ignore God as he is calling us to be the “earthquake.” Are you willing to answer?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki