MORNING DEW: 13/02/2019
THEME: THERE IS A REASON FOR EVERY PROBLEM
TEXT: ACTS 16:22-34
22. The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods.
23. After giving them a severe beating, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security.
24. Having received these orders, he put them into the inner cell and fastened their feet in leg irons.
25. Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26. Suddenly, there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors immediately flew open, 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 thought the prisoners had escaped.
28. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, Don’t hurt yourself, because we are all here!
29. The jailer asked for torches and rushed inside. Trembling as he knelt in front of Paul and Silas,
30. he took them outside and asked, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31. They answered, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved.
32. Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and everyone in his home.
33. At that hour of the night, he took them and washed their wounds. Then he and his entire family were baptized immediately.
34. He brought Paul and Silas upstairs into his house and set food before them. He was thrilled, as was his household, to believe in God.
WHAT SENT PAUL AND SILAS TO JAIL?
Paul and Silas were preaching the Gospel and there was this sixteen year old possessed lady who used to offer her parents gains using prophecy, followed them prophesying, which Paul, using the gift of decrement, cast out the evil spirit out of the lady. So they were dragged to the elders and after giving them severe beatings locked them in jail.
After some minutes of worship the prison doors opened and the iron chains fell off. The jailer, out of fear wanted to end his life but Paul and Silas called out to him to stop.
He asked them “Sirs, what must I do to be saved”? The answer was “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved”.
So that night the jailer and his household were baptized after accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
God wanted to save people in the land but it wouldn’t come easy. Paul and Silas had to go through a public humiliation. They were flocked like animals. They were chained like criminals. They were cast into jail like commoners. All these happened simply because God wanted to save this jailer and his family.
God could have saved the jailer and his family without whips. He could have done it without pains. Yet God chose to do it that way. As a believer every situation has a genuine reason.
There is a reason for every problem.
Stop questioning God and endure it. He won’t tell you anything concerning that situation so stop worrying yourself. You will understand it later. God doesn’t just act, when He acts then there is a reason. God brought Jesus to this earth to go through the inhuman treatment for a reason. Paul was saved for a reason and it is obvious in the Bible. You are also saved for a reason. Endure every happenings.
Let’s always appreciate any situation we find ourselves in, for God plans for us are always enormous and cannot be changed, but we have a role to play for its accomplishment.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Prayer: Father, even though I am challenged, yet I will still abide in you, help me do this, in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba
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