About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25
One question we often ask when we find ourselves in unpleasant situation is why me? Why is God allowing this to happen in my life now? What did I do to warrant this?
Paul and his ministry partner could be asking the same questions when they found themselves in jail for preaching the Gospel. In fact, they had every reason to be angry at God because he “led” them to that city. But these two brothers knew God better than that. They knew that for this to have happened God must be up to something. If he didn’t stop it, he must want to accomplish a purpose that is far beyond them.
And that’s what they surrendered to—God’s greater purpose. So they looked beyond their present circumstance; they looked beyond their pain and troubles; they looked beyond their tragedy and affliction. They looked with an open heart to that greater purpose. That’s why they could have a praise party in jail.
We know the end of the story: The Jailor and his family came to faith in Christ. That is one man that might never have heard the Gospel had someone not gone in there to tell him because of his busy and tight schedule. The jail of those days operated differently from what we have today.
Friend, when something negative happens that is far beyond our understanding to comprehend, we just need to calmly rest and trust in God’s love for us. He sure knows what is happening and he’s able to take us through it.
I leave you with the words of this song:
Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
You know, his eye is on the little sparrow
And I know he cares for you and me
His eye is on the little sparrow
And I know God is watching over you and me