Songs in the Night

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Acts 16:25

The world watches with great interest when a Christian faces adversity. Every one of us faces hardship. We all lose loved ones. We each face sickness and encounter difficulties and hardships in life. But when it happens to Christians, nonbelievers watch to see if our faith is genuine. That is the time to show them what Christ can do, even in hard times.
Acts 16 tells the story of Paul and Silas, who were thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. Their backs were beaten bloody with a whip, and at midnight, in a filthy environment, with their legs stretched and in shackles, Paul and Silas held a worship concert. They were praying and singing hymns when suddenly an earthquake shook the prison, their shackles fell off, the doors flew open, and they could have just walked out but they didn’t.
The Philippian jailer, assuming they had run, knew he would be tortured and put to death. So, he took out his sword and was ready to kill himself when Paul said, “Don’t harm yourself, because all of us are here!”
Then the jailer said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”. Paul and Silas made an impact on his life.
In the same way, there are people watching you right now. They’re developing an opinion about God based on your life. It has been said that a Christian is an epistle, written by God and read by man. You may be the only Bible some people ever read.

David Ball
Pastor