Acts 15:36 - 16:40

According to our text this week, when Paul and Silas landed in a Philippian prison, they sang “hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). They had been beaten with rods and thrown into the inner room of the prison – their feet chained in the stocks. I imagine they were bruised and bloody, singing words of worship through split and swollen lips. And then, in the midst of their song, an earthquake shook the ground to which their feet were chained, and “all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened” (Acts 16:26).

I wonder what burdens we bring today to a Lord inviting us to lay them out before Him, to “lay them on the Word.” He invites us to come to Him to find peace and rest and joy. He dares us to find “a song to sing in the darkest night.” To look up through tear-filled eyes. To reach for Him with weary hands. To choose to worship Him even in the midst of circumstances that tempt us to do otherwise. Could it be that when we do, we might find that the earth’s shaking around us is just enough to open the doors of our prisons and unfasten the chains of our bondage?

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