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They're Watching You

Posted: Saturday, June 25

 Pastor Tom Murray// Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray// Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

2 Kings 8:1-9:13
Acts 16:16-40
Psalm 143:1-12
Proverbs 17:26

Verse of the day:

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. (Acts 16:25 NLT)


In Acts 16, Luke tells us that authorities beat and imprisoned the Apostle Paul and his apprentice Silas for acting on their faith in Jesus Christ.  In the dungeon, the jailer put the feet of the two men in stocks to prevent them from escaping.  

 

Paul and Silas were not treated fairly according to the Roman justice system.  They were locked up without a trial.  

 

Yet, these two believers chose not to become negative.  People took notice.

 

"Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening” (Acts 16:25).  

 

People are listening to you, too.  They’re watching you and observing how you respond to adversity.  How we act on our worst days tends to reveal our true character.  

 

Do you express your faith and trust in God when life gets tough?

 

If so, those around you are taking notice.

 

For Paul and Silas, their imprisonment ended quickly.  God caused an earthquake, the doors opened and the shackles unfastened (v. 26).  As a result, the jailer and his entire family would come to faith in Christ (v. 33).

 

For you, the way out of whatever you’re facing may be to simply praise God during the storm.  He has a way of using us even in those moments to make an impact for the greater good.