Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
It is said that on one occasion, Paul and Silas were going to a place of prayer and Paul cast the spirit of prediction out of a slave girl. The owners of the girl were displeased and had Paul and Silas imprisoned. At midnight, they were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 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 (Acts 16:16-26).
God delays taking action for “the saving of many lives.”
Paul and Silas were unjustly imprisoned, yet God allowed it to happen. Similarly, He allowed Jesus to die on the cross. God permits situations to happen so that lives will be saved. Paul and Silas’s imprisonment revealed the power of God, and the jailer, and his household received salvation (Acts 16:32-33), while Jesus’s death resulted in salvation for mankind. As we continue our walk with Christ, sometimes we will be falsely accused, and even unjustly punished. However, the unfavorable situation is for God’s glory and He is watching to see how we manage the trial. He expects us to remain faithful and trust him to work through the situation.
Praying and praising God in difficult times.
The walls of the prison did not prevent Paul and Silas from praising God. They knew that God could do the impossible and nothing would separate them from His love. Hence, they fervently prayed and joyfully worshipped. In my early years as a Christian, it was easy for me to pray and praise God when most things were going well. However, when serious problems arose, I spent the time worrying and lacked the energy to pray and praise God. I did not understand why the God of the impossible allowed problems. Nonetheless, throughout the years, I learned that God is in control and He allowed circumstances in our lives for His glory. Therefore, I have developed the habit of praying and praising God in the good and bad times.
If you are having challenges praying and praising God during difficult times, I encourage you to:
1. Talk to him about it, or write him a letter, tell him how you feel, He understands (Isaiah 1:18).
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to pray and praise Him.
3. Be patient with yourself, maturity takes time.
4. Believe that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Heavenly Father, I pray that you will help us to understand that you allow everything to happen for your glory, in Jesus’s name, Amen.