Scripture: Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were (in prison) praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
Observation: It’s fascinating to me how quickly things can turn with the Lord. One moment Paul and Silas were being beaten and jailed. The next, they were inviting their captors to share life in Christ. Amazing!
Application: I continue to be reminded of a theme that has been with me all week. Our Lord Jesus calls us to ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7). I’m waiting for breakthrough in a number of areas of my life. My family situation is changing since my children are moving from teenage dependent people to young adult independent people. What does that all look like? I don’t know. How will my life be affected? I don’t know. But I know it’s getting different quickly.
The church I lead is on the cusp of something. Something good. Something challenging. What exactly? I don’t know. I wish I did. The Lord will show us soon enough.
My parents are getting older, which has implications for me and my siblings. What kind of implications? I don’t know.
There are so many things I don’t know, but God has the ability to move me from confusion to clarity in a moment. I trust that, so I rest in the unknown. All in God’s time.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you can accomplish in a moment what we cannot do in a lifetime. Give us grace to persevere, trusting breakthrough will come in time. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.