Singing through the Storms

And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Acts 16:22-25

This was not a pleasant time for Paul and Silas.  They were preaching to the people when a multitude rose up “together against them.”  The leaders commanded that they be beaten.  They were given “many stripes,” and then cast into prison.  Any of those things would be enough to make me want to cower in a corner and never come back out.  They had been mobbed, severely beaten and put into prison.  But then we come to verse 25 and find this: “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God…”  They had, in the matter of a few hours, gone through more abuse than most of us will likely deal with in a decade (or longer).  Yet they did not cower, they did not lose their faith.  They “prayed, and sang praises unto God.”  That is a powerful lesson for us.

When we have been beaten around by the world and the devil, how do we react?  This verse gives us a blueprint on how to react if we find ourselves in a similar position.  We need to pray and we need to praise the Lord.

It would seem that being beaten and being imprisoned would not be the time to praise the Lord.  But it is.  Any time is a good time to praise and thank the Lord.  As bad as that beating might have been, and as bad as the jail might have been, Paul and Silas knew that they still had the most important thing in the world: they still had Jesus Christ.  He had not left them, and He had not forsaken them.  And that is a good reason to praise Him!

How do we react when faced with adversity?  The next time we are faced with it, let us respond like Paul and Silas and pray and sing right through the storm!

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