Week 7, Day 2
February 15, 2022
Scripture: Acts 16
After Paul and Silas were severely flogged and beaten, they were thrown in prison.
There, they worshiped the Lord.
This is one of those stories where you can’t help but admire and celebrate the faith of those who go before you. You hope that one day your faith might compare to theirs. In the face of great suffering, they worshiped the Lord.
When the earthquake shakes them free, they decide to stay in prison. That’s always a perplexing decision to me. I think most people would say, “The Lord has done this for us, to be set free.” And then get out of there! But what Paul and Silas see is the doors being open to the prison guards heart. (Lord, help me to see your blessings, not for my benefit, but for the benefit of others.)
When the prison guard is fearful of his own life, he hears, “We are all still here.”
It opens his heart to God, “what must I do to be saved?”
“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 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.” (Acts 16:31–34)
The jailer washes their wounds. The response to the Gospel, is to comfort the suffering, the wounded. I’m not sure if the jailer carried out the punishment. But he did carry out the Gospel.
Lord, help me receive your blessings and give them to others, for your glory.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.